On the Sunday after Veterans Day, I went down to Arlington National Cemetery to participate in the Sigep Patriots Project. We have 111 brothers buried at ANC, so a bunch of us volunteered to place roses at their final resting places. Its a really great cause, and I truly enjoying helping out. Thanks again to Ed for starting the project and organizing the event this year.
Arlington National Cemetery near opening time
I’ve been many times, but the sheer number of graves still gets to me
My group started in the Columbarium
Ed wrote up a bio of each person, which really made it a more personal and rewarding experience
The ANC app is really amazing. It made finding all the grave sites a breeze
Our group enjoyed learning about the different symbols/emblems on all the markers
This Unitarian emblem took us forever to figure out
A temporary marker, where I assume a spouse is about to join her husband. We saw many of these.
One member of our group was the wife of a brother who is currently deployed. I thought the fresh graves might affect her. If it did, she didn’t show it. We were all impressed by her strength. It certainly affected me.
Arlington House in the background
Brunch after the event
Discussing some of the more interesting bios
This was a really rewarding and enjoyable experience. It was also a great way to actually observe Veterans Day. I look forward to helping out again next year.