Wednesday was a full day.  We traipsed all over the National Mall, but our day started at Arlington National Cemetery. The sky was overcast with an occasional sprinkle.

Nothing prepares you for the rows upon rows of headstones.

Civil War Tomb of the Unknowns

We witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

It really is a beautiful and peaceful place.

But sad.

After walking through McClellan Gate we turned to head back to the visitor center

. . . but stopped short when we heard the slow mournful beat of a drum.

An officer’s burial.

A final salute.