It’s 20 January 2013, something special is happening at Arlington National Cemetery…
It’s amazing what good management with a vision and passion will do… that has been on-going now for nearly three years at the United States of America’s shrine to heroes who have served and fought to keep the freedoms of the republic. Today was another “expect the unexpected” as I was told at the event where a statue to “The Bugler” was unveiled at the newly renovated interior of the Visitors’ Center.
Arlington National Cemetery holds a special place in my being. For over a decade, I have walked and worked among the 600 plus acres where tens of thousands who have served in the US military are at rest… US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Air Force, US Coast Guard and US Merchant Marine… along with two US Presidents and other statesmen.
A completely remodeled atrium greets the visitors along with all the rest of the improvements that have occurred in the months before. Gone is the confining structures… gone are the paper records, microfiche / microfilm and confusion. Instead are electronic kiosks to find where someone is at rest. And now the entire atrium has a complement of new exhibits.
Center in the atrium is a tribute to all who sound the 24 notes that drift among the acres of Arlington as each veteran is placed to their final rest. It’s a statue, newly cast from one of the US Army Band’s talented musicians who has sounded TAPS many times during that most respectful ceremony held many times a day at Arlington.
During the event, I met many people who had shown up for the unveiling of “The Bugler’s Statue” and which made SSG Jesse Tubb, a member of The US Army Band – “Pershing’s Own” an instant celebrity. The casting process was captured by MSG Les Owen, also of TUSAB, in a video entitled “Capturing A Moment” which is a trailer of a documentary that he’s making.
Hats off to Ms Kathryn A. Condon, Executive Director of US Army National Military Cemeteries and her staff for an outstanding job and another milestone in making a great place even better. A special thank you also goes to the US Army Center of Military History, which played a major role in the re-design of the exhibits and information now presented in the atrium.
It’s worth a special trip to go see what’s new!
And what’s on the horizon? Think “GATES” It’s only a guess on my part, though I think we’ll see some major history restored.
P.S. I’ve posted a few photos from the event in the Gallery section of the website.