Talk on Arlington National Cemetery

When: Back to Calendar November 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Cherry Hill Farmhouse
312 Park Ave
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The 1100+ acres that encompass Arlington National Cemetery was once the estate of George Washington Parke Custis, adopted grandson/son of George Washington. Due to a double scandal in the Lee Family, Lieutenant Robert E. Lee never owned a single foot of ground, nor the Mansion (built to be a museum housing the artifacts of Washington), nor any of the 54 enslaved African-Americans who worked there. The Cemetery was founded in May of 1864 due to wartime necessities, not because the son of General Montgomery C. Meigs was kill in October of 1864 in the Shenandoah Valley. There are only two equestrian monuments in the Cemetery, the second one is to a foreign military officer and required an act of Congress before it could be built.
For the truth behind these and other ‘rest of the story’ events at Arlington National Cemetery come and hear retired U.S. Army civilian historian Kim B. Holien. Kim was born and raised in an Army Family, served 34 years as an Army Historian (to include 18 years at Ft Myer next door to ANC) doing special projects for the White House, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Army General Staff in the Pentagon . Kim has given some 500 talks and has received nearly 200 awards in the field of Military History.