The Washingtonian – Arlington Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., is a 624-acre US military cemetery with more than 400,000 graves of those who have died in military conflict since the Civil War.

Walter T. Perkins, his marker shown below, was a Delawarean born December 30, 1897 who served as Sgt. of Company G in the 59th Pioneer Infantry during World War 1.

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In 1992, a wreath-making company in Harrington, Maine, founded by company president Morrill Worcester, began shipping and placing surplus wreaths at the graves in Arlington.

Today, the Worcester Wreath Company and their Wreaths Across America (WAA) volunteers lay over 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the US and overseas during the holiday season.

Last year the WAA organization was able to place wreaths at all sections of Arlington National Cemetery.

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Overlooking the cemetery with views of the nation’s capital across the river, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, made of Yule marble quarried in Colorado, has been guarded 24 hours a day, every day of the year by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army.

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The guard, whose duty it is to protect the site for as much as two hours at a time, marches 21 steps down the black mat behind the Tomb, turns and faces east for 21 seconds, then turns and faces north for 21 seconds, followed by another 21 steps down the mat in the opposite direction.

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