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Old Soldier’s Home Cemetery



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Located right on Harewood between Rock Creek Church Rd. and North Capitol, the Old Soldier’s Home Cemetery is a very moving place. It is like Arlington Cemetery in many respects. There is the heartbreaking sight of rows and rows of simple white grave stones. These grave stones have soldiers that fought in the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I and II and many others. It is a very humbling place. I went on Sunday when I was the sole visitor. Moving does not begin to describe it. I have a few friends who’ve served in Iraq and a couple who are still serving and I have to remind myself of the sacrifice they and so many others are making. We become numb to the newspaper reports after a while and I think that is why it is so important to visit this place and pay your respects.

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