A group of women referred to as “The Arlington Ladies” are doing some pretty powerful stuff at Arlington Cemetery.
The Tribunist reported yesterday that these women attend every funeral held at Arlington, so that no soldier is ever buried alone.
The group was established nearly 70 years ago, and members attend up to 30 funerals per day.
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According to Arlington’s website, the group was implemented after World War II when Air Force Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg would attend funerals at the Arlington Cemetry and noticed that sometimes no one would be there beside the chaplain during the burial.
The Vandenbergs soon after made the decision to ensure members of the Air Force would never be buried alone. It didn’t take long for other branches to embrace the idea. Army Gen. Creighton Adams’ wife, Julia, started the Army’s counterpart in 1973. The Navy joined the cause in 1985 and the Coast Guard came onboard in 2006.
Margaret Mensch, head of the Army ladies, told NBC News, “It doesn’t matter whether we are burying a four-star general or a private.” Mensch added, “They all deserve to have someone say thank you at their grave.”
The women attend the service to show their respect, then offer handwritten notes to family members or the chaplain before being escorted away. The notes are “thank-you’s.”
Many of the women involved with the group are spouses of fallen soldiers.
Watch the video below to learn more about these incredible women: