ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
- Fields of Stone -
A NARRATIVE OF WAR, LOSS, GROWTH, AND REMEMBRANCE
Photos & Material by Dan Brodt
(All photos are copyrighted unless otherwise noted. Permission must be had to use any photo that is not documented)
(Page design and editing by Bob Baldwin)
- INTRODUCTION -
It is my endeavor to familiarize the reader with the history of the evolution of what we now know as the Arlington National Cemetery - America's National Cemetery and America's most hallowed ground.
This is a story based on factual, historical evidence and the stories told from the people that lived the event. I tried to follow the flow of this narrative according to historical facts in a chronological order of events.
But as historical events can dictate, these events can overlap at some point and so they do here. This does not lessen the impact of the profound ways we came to treat our fallen and how it is reflected in our nation's soul.
Arlington National Cemetery didn't just happen. It grew from infancy to adulthood. It went from Robert E. Lee's home, a prize of war in a conflict between the North and South, to evolve into a national shrine belonging to all Americans.
"Show me the manner in which a nation or community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals"
William Gladstone - British Statesman
Dan P. Brodt