The Cemetery, final resting place for tens-of-thousands who died in service to America, is arresting in its beauty.
Away from the Tomb and the Amphitheater, the tall trees quietly and gracefully cast swaying shadows on markers of memory, an invitation to reflect on unknown acts of valor.
Those valorous acts, from battles past, complete with terror and courage, are memorialized by the fields of stone, each one representing a realized ethic of service.
Soldiers were out, placing an American flag at each stone,Â a repeated act of honor and remembering.
Arlington offers the willing visitor both the enormity of collective sacrifice and the individual instance of life and death in a tranquility of timelessness and reverence.