I’m honored to host this November 12, 2012 version of the Carnival of Retirement on the day after Veteran’s Day.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Many of our WWII vets have been retired for years and now many of the Vietnam era vets are entering retirement as well.
The laying of the wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington Cemetery is moving each year. It is humbling to think of all the veterans who have given their lives for our freedoms, rights and privileges - throughout our history.
A bit of Arlington Cemetery trivia:
Robert E. Lee lived in the house on the grounds (1100 acres) with his wife (who had inherited the property built as a living monument to George Washington). After Virginia seceded from the union in 1861, Lee advised his wife to move out as he thought the estate would be dangerous for her. Because Mrs. Lee did not appear in person to pay taxes, the property was confiscated by the federals and sold at auction in 1864. A tax commissioner bought it.
The official site of the Arlington National Cemetery details the history of the cemetery establishment as:
“Arlington National Cemetery was established by Brig. Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs, who commanded the garrison at Arlington House, appropriated the grounds June 15, 1864, for use as a military cemetery. His intention was to render the house uninhabitable should the Lee family ever attempt to return.”
And so, ironically, an estate lived on and managed by the Confederate General Lee came to be the final resting place for union soldiers.
Later, the rightful heir to the estate sued the federal government for the property, because it had been illegally seized. It was returned to him, but later the government bought it back.
Today it is managed by the National Park Service.