Arlington National Cemetery 2006

The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

World War II veterans and an honor guard salute as Taps is played at a wreath-laying ceremony.

Memorial for the crew of the space shuttle Challenger.

Remember the Maine...the mast of the USS Maine, here as a monument to the crew which died near Havana when she sank.

An obelisk marking a grave with the more familiar obelisk of the Washington Monument in the distance.

The graves of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and the eternal flame. Their son Patrick, who was born and died while Kennedy was in the White House, and a daughter who was stillborn are also buried there. (Sorry about the angle, there were a lot of people -- this was the most crowded spot at the cemetery.)

The platform across from JFK's grave overlooking Washington, DC.

The view from the hill above the JFK gravesite, from the front porch of Arlington House, looking over the bridge at the Lincoln Memorial (the Washington Monument, Capitol Building and Library of Congress are to the right).

Robert Francis Kennedy's grave on the hillside beneath Arlington House.

An officer on the way to a gathering of World War II veterans at the amphitheatre.

A bird sits on a headstone.

Arlington House, the home Confederate General Robert E. Lee shared with his wife Mary Custis who had inherited it as a relative of George Washington, in whose honor it was built.

Lee wrote his resignation letter from the US army here before the Civil War.

His family lost the property during the war, when it was used as a site from which to fortify Washington, DC defenses.

Lee and Custis' son was later paid for the property, which was already being used as a military cemetery.

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial...

...a.k.a. Iwo Jima.

Here, with Rosslyn, Virginia in the background.