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Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Avenue of Heroes

George Washington Memorial Parkway

 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 4, 2019
1. Avenue of Heroes Marker
Inscription.  Memorial Avenue was created at the same time as Arlington Memorial Bridge to serve as a ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. The avenue was originally planned to be flanked by numerous statues of American heroes. Seven memorials have been placed along it since 1960.

At the western terminus of the avenue, a large hemicycle was constructed that today houses the Women in Military Service for the America Memorial. The avenue is partly enclosed by a hedge of American holly and white oak trees, the primary historical vegetation of the landscape. Several transportation corridors (Highway 110 and a DC Metro line) pass unseen below grade, but they appear on the avenue as entrance and exit roads, elevators, escalators, and signs. The composite features of the Memorial Avenue corridor landscape are significant as important elements in the neoclassical urban design of the National Capital as it evolved during the first third of the 20th century.

[Captions:]
American Armored Force Memorial
Fourth Infantry Division Memorial
The western terminus of Memorial Avenue in 2005.
Seabees
Avenue of Heroes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 4, 2019
2. Avenue of Heroes Marker
of the U.S. Navy Memorial
United Spanish War Veterans Memorial
Admiral Richard Byrd Memorial
101st Army Airborne Division Memorial

 
Erected 2019 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 53.065′ N, 77° 3.819′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Memorial Avenue and Richmond Highway (Route 110), on the right when traveling west on Memorial Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bridge to Peace (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hiker (within shouting distance of this marker); Seabees ~ Can Do (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Infantry (Ivy) Division (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Symbol of Union (about 600 feet away); A Symbol of Reconciliation (about 600 feet away in District of Columbia); Richard Evelyn Byrd (about 700 feet away); "Price of Freedom" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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