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In Honored Glory, Arlington National Cemetery: The Final Post
Fourth Edition by Philip Bigler
With over 225,000 copies in print.
"Bigler’s writing is an engaging blend of palpable respect for his subject and objectivity… readers will be moved as well as informed." - Small Press Book Review
This definitive history of Arlington National Cemetery is told with the dignity, respect, and pageantry that is due to one of America’s most honored and deeply revered sites. Historian and nationally recognized educator, Philip Bigler has created a classic as he presents Arlington to the reader.
Completely up-to-date with expanded coverage on ceremonial units and events, including the:
- Caisson platoon
- Women in Military Service Memorial
- Identification and disinterment of the Vietnam Unknown
- 9/11 and the war on terrorism
- Other new developments since the publication of the third edition in 1999.
In Honored Glory brings to life the history, happenings, people, and highlights that have combined to make Arlington National Cemetery a uniquely American institution. Other topics covered:
- A thorough history of the development of the cemetery over time
- The origins of Memorial Day
- The construction of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the subsequent history of interments
- A chapter on the Kennedy gravesite
- The current burial requirements
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Did you know?
Do you guard in a blizzard or a bad thunderstorm?
YES, but the accomplishment of the mission and welfare of the Soldier is never put at risk. The Tomb Guards have contingencies that are ready to be executed if the weather conditions ever place the Soldiers at risk of injury or death (i.e. lightning, high winds, etc). This ensures that Sentinels can continue the mission while ensuring safety. It is the responsibility of the Chain of Command from the Sergeant of the Guard to the Regimental Commander to ensure mission accomplishment and soldier welfare at all times.
It was erroneously reported that during Hurricane Isabel, the Sentinels were ordered to abandon their posts for shelter and that they refused. No such order was ever given. All proper precautions were taken to ensure the safety of the Sentinels while accomplishing their mission. Risk assessments are constantly conducted by the Chain of Command during changing conditions to ensure that soldier welfare is maintained during mission accomplishment.