Silence and Respect – Arlington National Cemetery

Silence and Respect

After exploring around Fredericksburg, VA, we decided to go ahead and stop at Arlington National Cemetery

On our way there we saw Air Force Memorial.  This is my only shot of it as we forgot to find it once inside the cemetery.  Now how could I forget? I’m not sure but I did.  

Air Force Meorial

I had really been looking forward to visiting there and the first thing we did was look up the gravesites of two heroes.  We had never actually met them in person, but one was a friend of a friend and the other was a son of a friend, so we wanted to honor our friendships by paying our respects to their loved ones. 

My friend Cathy is someone that I met online when I learned that her son had been in a bad car accident.  He was stationed in Japan at the time and Cathy rushed to be by his side and stayed by his side until he passed nearly 6 1/2 months later.  Her courage and love and strength was amazing and inspiring to me.  I just knew that our visit to Arlington National Cemetery would not be complete without stopping to visit her son Bryce


I have another amazing and inspiring friend, CMSgt Juan Lewis and he is known as The Fired Up Chief with PEP (Pride, Enthusiasm and Passion).  I had seen the Chief mention his friend, Col. Bryan Gallagher several times and that he had visited his gravesite recently.  I took note of the name and our very first stop was to honor the friendship we have with the Chief and say hello and pay our respects to his friend.

Col. Gallagher 

I know we look hot – it’s because we are!  The weather in DC is much more humid than we are accustomed to.  Despite the weather, we were very happy to have been able to have the chance to visit these two heroes!  Do you have anyone that you know buried out at Arlington National Cemetery?

After our visit to Bryce and Col. Gallagher we headed toward the Tomb of the Unknowns to watch the Changing of The Guard.  Here’s my video of the ceremony.  Please note I am *not* a professional! 😉

Arlington National Cemetery is a place to honor, a place to remember and a place to explore.  The cemetery currently spans 624 acres and is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families.  Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored here. 

While at Arlington National Cemetery you may see the laying of our Nation’s veterans (and their eligible family members) to rest with honor and respect.  Monuments, memorials and dedicated trees  commemorating individuals and significant events in our history.  Arlington National Cemetery is a living tribute to our Nation’s past. 

As we walked through the grounds it was a humbling and moving experience.  DSC06003

We also made it a point to go and see the gravesite of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and family. 


Some views from Arlington National Cemetery.


A great experience and one I encourage you NOT to miss. 

As always, I did get a patch to add to my collection.  

ANC patch 

(((hugs))) ~lisa

The Virginian Suites, Arlington VA

We landed and we were so glad to make it to DC!! We did rent a car because we’d be traveling to Fredericksburg, VA the next day and couldn’t use the DC Metro for that.

11 we made it!!

We booked a room at The Virginian Suites.  The 261 room spacious apartment-style accommodations are conveniently located just minutes from the heart of DC.  The front desk attendant on duty when we checked in, Edward, was awesome!  He is actually the first one to ever acknowledge our “Gold Level Status” with the Choice Hotels brand reward program called Choice Privileges.  It didn’t really matter to us but apparently they are supposed to do that.  No has ever done that before so Edward, the awesome front desk guy, automatically got a high 5 for doing that! 

I fell in love with our room.  The living room area was very spacious and included a desk/workspace area. And do you see that full-length mirror?  I love it!  I wish I could have taken it home with me.

12 our hotel room

13 our hotel room

Just off the living room, at the entrance of the kitchen, was a small dining area.

14 our hotel room



The small but fully functioning kitchen included a refrigerator, stove/oven, sink and small dishwasher.  It also was equipped with plates, flatware and paper towels so all you needed was to add the food!  It would be perfect for an extended stay. 

15 our hotel room

The ample bedroom area was comfortable and inviting.

16 our hotel room17 our hotel room


I did not get any pics of the bathroom but I promise you that it was fine.  The only drawback to the hotel, that we encountered, was the shuttle service.  It ran during the weekdays except between 2-4:30pm or after 7:30pm and they didn’t offer shuttle service on the weekends.  Fortunately the DC Metro was a short walk away. 

The other amenities listed on The Virginian Suites Arlington site include:

  • Complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access
  • Custom Exercise Routes and Bike Share Information
  • Seasonal outdoor swimming pool with a modern sun deck
  • Men’s and women’s saunas for total relaxation
  • 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Self-service laundry facilities available on premises
  • Washington Post delivered daily to your door upon request
  • Two complimentary business centers
  • On-site self parking available at $12.00 per day (rate subject to change)
  • Grocery delivery directly to your refrigerator
  • Room service from a variety range of local restaurants
  • Free shuttle service, operating to Rosslyn Metro and NFATC/FSI during weekdays
  • Conference facilities accommodating up to 100 attendees

Our stay at The Virginian Suites was wonderful and if we happen that way again we would definitely stay there.  Be sure and ‘Like’ their Facebook page: The Virginian Suites!!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

p.s. If you see Edward, tell him we said hello!