Robert Poole, author of “On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery” gave a tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Mr. Poole discussed the inception of the cemetery and showed the grave of the first person buried in Arlington, a Union soldier from Pennsylvania. He described the origins of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the numerous graves of former slaves that lived and died at the cemetery. He also talked about the other types of people buried there. Mr. Poole also walked through section 60, where soldiers from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried, and the funeral of Marine Captain David S. Mitchell was seen.


Robert Poole is the former executive editor of National Geographic and is currently contributing editor at Smithsonian. He is the author of Explorers House: National Geographic and the World it Made. This video was produced by C-SPAN. The run time for this video is 33 min and 56 sec.