The High Cost of our Freedom is written in Blood!

With our most Solemn, Reverent Honor and Respect, We The People, owe a stern debt of gratitude to the millions of Brave Men and Women who made the most supreme sacrifice giving their Blood, in the name of Freedom and Democracy, for The United States of America, for which it Stands by, We The People.

I pledge allegiance {I promise my Loyalty} to the Flag {to the symbol that stands to represent} of The United States of America {each and every one of the 50 States, that form the United Nation of America} and to the Republic{ a Country where People choose their representative to form the Government and represent them} for which it Stands, One Nation{ The Flag that stands for one Country} under God,{ One Supreme entity for every Citizen} Indivisible, {A Country that can not be divided} with Liberty{ Complete Freedom of Life and Living being given to the Citizens} and Justice{ Fair Treatment being promised by the Law of the Land} for All. { For each and every Citizen of the Country}.
Francis Bella 1892, U.S. Congress June 22, 1942, Eisenhower 1954

Arlington National Cemetery

In Arlington County, Virginia is a military cemetery in the United States of America, established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna (Custis) Lee, a descendant of Martha Washington. The cemetery is situated directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and near The Pentagon. It is served by the Arlington Cemetery station on the Blue Line of the Washington Metro system. In an area of 624 acres (2.53 km), veterans and military casualties from each of the nation’s wars are interred in the cemetery, ranging from the American Civil War through to the military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pre-Civil War dead were re-interred after 1900.

George Washington Parke Custis acquired the land that now is Arlington National Cemetery in 1802, and began construction of Arlington House. The estate was passed down to Custis’ only surviving child Mary Anna Custis Lee wife of Robert E. Lee, who was a West Point graduate and United States Army officer. When Fort Sumter was forced to surrender at the beginning of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln offered Lee the command of the Federal army. Lee demurred, because he wanted to see how Virginia would decide.

The government had acquired Arlington at tax sale in 1864 for $26,800 . Mrs. Lee had not appeared in person, but rather had sent an agent, who attempting to timely pay the $92.07 in property taxes assessed the estate. The government turned away her agent, refusing to accept the tendered payment. In 1877, Custis Lee, heir under his grandfather’s will passing the estate in trust to his mother, sued the United States claiming ownership of Arlington. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Lee’s favor in 1882, deciding that Arlington had been confiscated without due process, Congress returned the estate to him. The next year Custis Lee sold it back to the government for $150,000 at a signing ceremony with Robert Todd Lincoln, Secretary of War.

Burial Procedures

Arlington House flag flying at half-staff. The flag is lowered during interments.The flags in Arlington National Cemetery are flown at half-staff from a half hour before the first funeral until a half hour after the last funeral each day. Funerals are normally conducted five days a week, excluding weekends. Funerals, including internments and inurnments, average between 27-30 per day. The cemetery conducts approximately 6,900 burials each year.

Military burials were previously done at the United States Soldier’s National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., but space was filling up. “The grounds about the mansion, We pray for those who lost their lives.”, Meigs wrote, “are admirably adapted to such a use.” Burials had in fact begun at Arlington before the ink was even blotted on Meigs’s proposal.

The southern portion of the land now occupied by the cemetery was used during and after the Civil War as a settlement for freed slaves. More than 1,100 freed slaves were given land at Freedman’s Village by the government, where they farmed and lived during and after the Civil War. They were turned out in 1890 when the estate was repurchased by the government and dedicated as a military installation.

President Herbert Hoover conducted the first national Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, on May 30, 1929.

 ”In Honor and Memory of the Men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since 10 November 1776″

With more than 300,000 people interred there, Arlington National Cemetery has the second-largest number of people buried of any national cemetery in the United States. The largest of the 130 national cemeteries is the Calverton National Cemetery, on Long Island, near Riverhead, New York, which conducts more than 7,000 burials each year.

The cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach (one of the landing beaches of the Normandy Invasion) and the English Channel. It covers 70 ha (172 acres), and contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. Included are graves of Army Air Force crews shot down over France as early as 1942.

We offer this Special 2010 Memorial Day Tribute for all Americans to visually understand the High Cost of Life Lost and Paid for our personal Freedoms and Democracy. These Brave and Honorable American Souls have made the most Supreme Sacrifice of Life, for their beliefs in preserving our We The People Constitution and promote Freedom and Democracy in the World.

Please take a 60 second Moment in Silence and Reflection to show Respect and Honor to the Millions of Americans who put their lives on the line and performed their horrific Duty’s with Honor and Distinction, representing The United States of America.

We The People! Please take a moment in Silence for All those Men, Women and Children who have laid down their Lives for Our Freedom. Please and Thank you!

May God Bless Us and America!

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