Today, we remember and honor ordinary men and women, who died while in military service. We remember and thank those who served and who are still with us, and we remember families whose loved ones sacrificed so much.
Today this year also commemorates the 150th anniversary of Arlington Cemetery in which 400,000 honored dead lie.
That commemoration started with a ceremony at the grave of Union Pvt. William Christman a member of the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry, who was buried May 13, 1864, after contracting a case of measles. The land was officially designated as a military cemetery a month later.
James Christman of Allentown, Pennsylvania, a great-grandnephew, said he and his cousins had no idea their ancestor had even served in the Civil War, much less that he was the first soldier buried at Arlington. They found out this year when contacted by a local historical association.