scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Historic Hiking Trails Brochures & Awards
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Mon Aug 14 1972 - 09:25:27 CDT
On Sun, 13 Aug 2000, Joe Burns wrote:
> Actually, Cheryl, It is not a National Park Service rule. The NPS does not own
> the cemetery. It is a VA rule, they DO own and administer the cemetery. As a
Thanks for the clarification, Joe. I assume "VA" means Vets Admin, not
Virginia? The employees with whom I spoke appeared to be wearing NPS
insignia, but since I didn't peer closely, I may have leapt to the
> former Curator and Park Ranger at Arlington House I was frequently put in the
> position of having to ask people to not picnic on NPS grounds because we were
> inside the Cemetery.
> The present Cemetery superintendent, Jack Metzler, has issued instructions to
> his staff to strictly enforce this regulation. He told me that it had been in
> place since the early 1900's. This is the first I have heard about water
> bottles being forbidden. The Arlington HOuse bookstore even sold water shortly
> after I left.
I've got a lot of family buried up there, dating back to the 1800s, and
sometimes spend most of a day going from gravesite to gravesite to pay my
respects. So far as I can tell, this family tradition goes back to the
first of our family to end up there, and no one ever said anything about
our lunching at the gravesites.
Be that as it may, however, my point was that on a hike Boy Scouts are
*supposed* to carry water and food (Be Prepared), but that's illegal at
Arlington these days, so how do you take a Troop on the Hike?
Thanks again for the clarification, and if it was your doing that got
them back to calling it Arlington House, a double THANK YOU! (g)
> Cheryl Singhal wrote:
> > 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.