“Arlington’s history, as told by Mr. Poole in graceful and dignified prose, is inspiring. Growing in response to each crisis the nation faced, the cemetery over time became the stage on which great symbolic acts of healing were enacted, with increasing power and authority . . . . Perhaps more than any other secular site in America, Arlington casts a religious spell. There is ample evidence of sacramental need in the many Arlington rituals that Mr. Poole relates in such moving detail.”
From the Book
It was a beautiful day for a funeral. The last of the cherry blossoms drifted on a cool breeze, which carried the scent of cut grass and wet stone over Arlington National Cemetery. Somewhere in the distance, the early morning mowing subsided, soon to be overtaken by the all- day crack of rifles, the rattle of horse-drawn caissons, and the mournful sound of Taps floating among the tombstones . . .