The Glorious Dead at Arlington

April 2018

‘Over there…’

The seemingly endless rows of graves (over 600 acres’ worth), begun to accommodate the charnel house that was the Civil War, testify to the blood and treasure hazarded by the US over the years, and not just on the battlefield…

Recently a series of photos were featured of the funeral train that took RFK’s body from New York (after it was flown from California, where he was shot) to Washington, to be buried near his older brother. People lined the track to pay homage, and even to reach out and touch the passing carriages, as if to lay hands on the glorious dead.  This had, on occasion, disastrous results – it is sometimes easy to forget that several people died along the way of that funeral cortege, whilst making that gesture.

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