Arlington National Cemetery contains the graves of soldiers of every war the United States has fought since the American Revolution. It is also a resting place for such American leaders as John F. Kennedy, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Medgar Evers. With so many graves, famous and otherwise, the site has become a must-see for any Washington DC trip.
At the end of Memorial Drive is the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, honoring women who have served in the armed forces since the Revolution. On the slopes above are the Kennedy gravesites; an eternal flame marks John F. Kennedy’s grave. The Tomb of the Unknowns holds unidentified bodies from World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Soldiers march before it 24 hours a day, performing an impressive ceremonial changing of the guard every half hour.
Other memorials include the Confederate Monument, the mast of the battleship USS Maine, the Challenger memorial, and the Nurses' Memorial. The Iwo Jima Memorial, displaying the famous raising of the flag over Mount Suribachi, is on the cemetery's northern fringes.
Arlington National Cemetery is located across the Memorial Bridge from the base of the Lincoln Memorial. The metro takes you there. A first stop on a trip to the cemetery should include the Visitors Center, located by the cemetery entrance, where maps, exhibits, and a bookstore can be found.