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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?
How long does the Sentinel hesitate after the facing movement to begin the return walk? Is the rifle carried on the same shoulder all the time?
The Sentinel does not execute an about face, rather they stop on the 21st step, then turn and face the Tomb for 21 seconds. They then turn to face back down the mat, change the weapon to the outside shoulder, mentally count off 21 seconds, then step off for another 21 step walk down the mat. They face the Tomb at each end of the 21 step walk for 21 seconds. The Sentinel then repeats this over and over until the the Guard Change ceremony begins.