On Memorial Day we remember those men and women in uniform who died while in the military. My grandfather, Ret. Major Wilson M. Moon is interred in Arlington National Cemetery. My husband’s cousin, Sgt. 1st Class James Priestap, was killed by a sniper in Iraq on November 23rd, 2006.
Several years ago before my husband and I had kids, we visited DC and went to Arlington to pay a visit to my grandfather’s grave. Seeing the rows and rows of graves was overwhelming but the really emotional part for me was the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We watched it while we were there but didn’t record it. I found a good video of the full ceremony at YouTube. The soldiers’ dedication and discipline is truly awesome to watch.
Update: I’m adding this moving video tribute from Michael Sanders at Flopping Aces.
Update II: Rick Moran has a beautiful and poignant article at Pajamas Media in which he writes, “it is no accident then that so many of America’s fallen hailed from towns with place names that are familiar only to those who live but a stone’s throw from where these heroes grew up.” Please take the time to read Rick’s piece.