In June of 1900, the Congress of the United States approved a section of land to be dedicated as a Confederate burial ground within Arlington National Cemetery. Fourteen years later, on the 106th birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and President Woodrow Wilson unveiled a more than thirty-two foot statue to honour the 482 Confederate soldiers buried beneath these grounds. This bronze and polished granite monument was designed and sculpted by Confederate veteran Moses Ezekiel. Following in that tradition, on Sunday, June the 6th, at three o'clock, the Confederate Memorial Committee of the District of Columbia, Inc., and the Jefferson Davis Camp #305, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will gather for the annual memorial ceremony at this famed Confederate shrine at Jackson Circle in Arlington National Cemetery.
Not for place or for rank
Not lured by ambition
Or goaded by necessity
But in simple obedience to duty
as they understood it
these men suffered all
dared all -- and died.
Drive north on Route 95. Near the Washington Beltway, Route 95 will merge with the Beltway-do not merge with the Beltway. Continue traveling north on Route 395 toward Washington, DC. Take Exit 8-B (Arlington National Cemetery exit). This exit is to Route 27. Stay in the left lane until reaching the circle (on the Virginia side of the Arlington Memorial Bridge). Proceed counter-clockwise around the circle to Memorial Drive.
Once you get to the cemetery, there will be guards directing you to the parking garage/visitors center... do not take this. You actually get free parking at Arlington for coming to the ceremony. Tell the guards that you are attending the Confederate service at Jackson Circle. They will then direct you straight into the cemetery, which is Eisenhower Drive.
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