Chapter 2. Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

A fall view of Arlington National Cemetery. Taken at ISO 200, f/5, 1/60 second with a 20mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

Arlington National Cemetery is the United States' national military cemetery, as well as a shrine honoring the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans are buried here from all of the wars the United States has engaged in, from the American Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to those who served in the Armed Forces, two former presidents (William H. Taft and John F. Kennedy) are buried here. Several other monuments and memorials are also significant features of Arlington Cemetery.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

Both iconic and creative photos can be made at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, along Memorial Drive, and at the gravesite of architect Pierre L'Enfant.

The best locations from which to photograph Arlington National Cemetery: (A) the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, (B) Memorial Drive, and (C) the gravesite of Pierre L'Enfant. Nearby photo ops: (1) Arlington Memorial Bridge, (15) Pentagon Memorial, and (24) United States Marine Corps War Memorial.

Figure 2.1. The best locations from which to photograph Arlington National Cemetery: (A) the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, (B) Memorial Drive, and (C) the gravesite of Pierre L'Enfant. Nearby photo ops: (1) Arlington Memorial Bridge, (15) Pentagon Memorial, and (24) United States Marine Corps War Memorial.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Also known as the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, this sarcophagus ...

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