October 7, 2013
Regarding the Oct. 6 Metro article " After death, another loss ": I am the daughter of a veteran of Korea and Vietnam who is buried in Section 59 at Arlington National Cemetery. I was shocked and saddened to read of the recent purging of mementos from Section 60. Not too long ago, on a visit to my parents' grave, I wandered over to Section 60 and began to look at the pictures and letters on the graves of some of the Iraq and Afghanistan war...
October 4, 2013
Regarding " After death, another loss " [Metro front, Oct. 2]: A couple of years ago, I noticed that a significant proportion of new burials in Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery were of people who had not served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Section 60 is special because Operation Enduring Freedom continues and operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn concluded recently. Cemetery officials should leave the memorials alone and offer to move other burials to a different section.
October 4, 2013 |
As the mother of Marine Sgt. William Stacey , who was killed in action on Jan. 31, 2012, I believe I have not only the authority but also the responsibility to explain why families are so upset about the recent decision to remove mementos from the graves in Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60. Loss is not some placid green field through which people can walk their dogs. Loss has jagged, raw edges that are often colorful and messy and disorderly — just like the lives given in sacrifice that Arlington is meant to...
October 1, 2013 |
Elizabeth Belle walked toward the grave of her son carrying a canvas bag full of miniature pumpkins, silk leaves and other decorations for his headstone. Then she noticed the changes. Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, where more than 800 Iraq and Afghanistan war dead are buried, had been stripped bare. The photographs of young soldiers were gone. The balloons, too, and love letters, the sonograms and worry stones, the crosses and coins. "They've taken...
September 26, 2013 |
Visa and passport applications from almost half a million prospective travelers would sit untouched every week, and late tax filers facing an Oct. 15 deadline would find the phone lines at the Internal Revenue Service dead. The National Zoo and museums on the Mall would close to the public. The WIC program, which provides food to 8.9 million low-income women and children, would be out of money, its supporters say. And in the District of Columbia, garbage could go...
September 23, 2013 |
More than 44 years after their A-26 was shot down over Laos, Air Force Maj. James E. Sizemore and Maj. Howard V. Andre were buried side by side on Monday. The interment ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, complete with twin caskets and colors teams, an escort and a firing party, formally ended the decades that the officers' families had spent in limbo, awaiting the return of remains from a country where the United States never officially fought, from a mission that never officially occurred.