scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Historic Hiking Trails Brochures & Awards
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Wed Aug 09 1972 - 16:49:51 CDT
OK, OK. (G) I've gotten about a dozen such as this one, so ...
Sometime prior to 1999 (exact date unknown to me because I didn't ask
during the 1990s), it became illegal to eat or drink within the Cemetery
(apparently including the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington House, and the
Amphitheatre). I was told that it had ALWAYS been a illegal, that to
permit it was disrepectful of the sacrifice those buried there had made,
that it lessened the hallowed, sanctified atmosphere a cemetery should have.
As a Virginian, who has picnicked in cemeteries all over the state during
various Decoration and/or Memorial Days, I found this wierd in the
extreme. As a local who frequently picnicked in the grape arbor up at
Arlington House, usually in the company of NPS personnel and volunteers,
I was astounded.
I really cannot see how my drinking a soda in the parking lot lessens
the atmosphere in the cemetery in any way. I strongly suspect the issue
more one of littering than dignity; however, the exit guards at the admin
building (where you get the cemetery maps) were stopping people with
water bottles visible; several persons were waiting in the admin building
with several water bottles from members of their party.
At any event, since Scouts on a hike are *supposed* to carry their lunch
and a canteen, I can't quite see how that reconciles with the "It's
illegal to eat or drink in the cemetery" rule on a hike of the cemetery.
I'd be MORE than happy to learn I was misinformed by the NPS personnel on
duty the day we were there.
On Wed, 9 Aug 2000, Jason Cruse wrote:
> Such as?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cheryl Singhal <csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG>
> To: SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU <SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU>
> Date: 09 August 2000 9:20 AM
> Subject: Re: Historic Hiking Trails Brochures & Awards
> >On Wed, 9 Aug 2000, Richard Axtman wrote:
> >> Historic Hiking Trails that offer awards like a hiking patch
> >> Arlington National Cemetery Trail - Arlington, VA
> >We were over at Arlington not too long ago and some very, er, interesting
> >rules are now in effect. I'd look VERY carefully at this one before
> >taking a Scout Troop over.