Arlington Historic Sites & Interpretive Centres
The dedication of the Netherlands Carillon expresses the gratitude of the Dutch people towards the Americans for their aid during and after World War Two. It symbolizes the friendship between the two countries. Located on the Virginia side of the Potomac River.
The Fort Myer Military Community is the Army's showcase organization in the National Capital Region. Preserving the unique Army heritage of the United States.
Attracting millions of visitors every year, the Arlington National Cemetery features the headstones of many historically-significant American figures, as well as fallen war heroes, explorers, Presidents and more. Several monuments and memorials are found throughout this historic cemetery, which continues to be the resting place for loved ones today.
The Pentagon is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. Built during the early years of WWII, it is one of the largest office buildings in the world. Originally it was built as a temporary solution to a shortage of office space. The entire complex stretches over 583 acres, employs around 23,000 people and cost $83 million to build. Free 90-minute tours are given daily and group tours are available upon reservation.
The house that General Robert E. Lee called home for thirty years is preserved today as a memorial for the respected General. Visitors enjoy exploring the flower garden, the Robert E. Lee Museum and more.
More than four million people come to visit the Arlington Cemetery annually, many coming to pay final repects at graveside services, of which almost 100 are performed every week. Most visitors come however to see the graves of some of America's most revered heroes and celebrities including, JFK, Robert Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audie Murphy and Joe Louis. A visitors' center provides maps, guidebooks to gravesites, exhibits, and information. Visit special attractions including the Eternal Flame at the Kennedy Family grave.
The Tomb of the Unknowns
One of Arlington's most popular tourist sites, The Tomb of the Unknowns contains the remains of unknown American soldiers from World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict and (until 1998) the Vietnam War. The Tomb is guarded 24-hours per day and 365 days a year by specially trained members of the 3rd United States Infantry.