Finally made it over to Arlington Cemetery today! This was the first time experiencing the cemetery! So many incredible experiences here and that was before we got to witness the passing through of the Caisson Platoon of the Third Infantry Regiment, the Old Guard, the oldest infantry unit in the United States Army on their way to lay this soldier at his/her final resting place!
For officers of the Army and Marines who have reached the rank of colonel or above, as well as Presidents of the United States of America, a riderless horse, with an empty saddle and boots turned backwards, can be included. The riderless horse gets its roots from the ancient world. When a worrier was buried, his horse was buried alongside him so that his soul would be able to ride in the afterlife. Today the riderless horse serves only as a symbol of this ancient practice.
What a site to behold in this sacred place! We say Farewell to a special hero!! This will hold a special place in my memories! #arl#arlingtontery #arlington #virginia#districtofcolumbia#washingtondc#mydccool#nationalcemetery#memorial#riderlesshorse#militaryfuneral#visitdc#igersdc#exploredc#igdc#dctography#visitarlington