Memorials and tombs throughout the world have always fascinated me. I will briefly explore several throughout this year — the first is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery. I have personally visited the cemetery and the tomb in 2019, and I can still vividly recall the solemnness of the entire place.
I was fascinated by the changing of the guard – the attention to every detail during the transition was meditative. The cemetery’s information can be found here, which includes the rich history of the guards, the rigorous training regimen, and the outline of the changing of the guard ceremony.
If you ever visit Washington D.C., you’ll notice many of the city’s historical landmarks are memorials tied to remember the nation’s founders or people who led the nation through exceedingly difficult times, such as Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.
One thing to keep in mind about Washington D.C.: most of memorials and museums are free to enter and enjoy. From a planning perspective, you only need to plan to spend money on food, lodging, and any travel expenses.
Overall, memorials in novels can help flesh out a world's background - what the people found to be worth honoring, in particular.
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