A Hero vs. Not a Hero

9 02 2009

The Civil War was a trying time in the history of the United States. One of its key figures, Robert E. Lee, is one that draws many opinions. Some consider him a hero for the leadership he showed to his cause. Others cannot find someone supporting his side of the war worthy of such praise. One thing that cannot be argued is Lee is a large figure in the history of America.

A sticker on the back of a sign at the Arlington National Cemetery Metro station.

A sticker on the back of a sign at the Arlington National Cemetery Metro station.

Robert E. Lee is a figure that I have always enjoyed reading about. Yesterday I was at Arlington National Cemetery which is home to Arlington House. Lee and his family lived at this house for nearly 30 years. Due to the above mentioned debate, Lee’s figure is not glorified at Arlington. It is tastefully discussed, honored, and shared. As I was leaving the cemetery, I came across a sticker that was posted on the back of a sign at the Metro station. I found it a perfect contrast to history as it is presented at Arlington National Cemetery. Inside the gates the property is pristine (as it should be) and there is little room for political opinion. Outside of the gates, the “normal” world exists where people post things wherever they want.

Please feel free to view more photos from my trip to Arlington National Cemetery.

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