Veterans Day: the small inconveniences today, like no mail or banking services, the embarrassing commercialization, buffet breakfasts, proud parades and sundry events are all part of this annual American holiday to honor military veterans.
Arlington National Cemetery means many different things to the more
than 4 million people that visit it annually. It encompasses American
history, provides a chance to honor and remember the veteran war heroes
buried there; allows a last farewell for those whose friends and family
have funeral services there.
Visitors walk among the headstones, visit the Memorial Amphitheater, The Tomb of the Unknowns, and monuments like the Eternal Flame of the Kennedy grave
and the mast of the USS Maine.
From the Arlington National Cemetery website photo gallery
Annette Marie Hyder
The dead lie resting
in friable beds —
in beds of earth.
Their pillows have been plumped with pride —
cased with military piping;
their blankets stitched with grief
a cold comfort flag.