Huge crowds flowed through Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. on Sunday (22 March) to?
Huge crowds flowed through Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. on Sunday (22 March) to pay a brief tribute to the late John F. Kennedy. His grave, enclosed by a simple white picket fence, has been a magnet for tourists and mourners.
There has always been a line of mourners marching past it since Mr. Kennedy was laid to rest. Sunday, 22 March, was Palm Sunday and probably on that account, the usual lines of mourner were much greater. Some merely looked silently at the grave with its "eternal light" burning; some wept openly. Another factor in the increased crowds was the fact that Sunday marked the four month anniversary of Mr. Kennedy's assassination.
The crowds have been notably well behaved and orderly. Cemetery officials say they are always well behaved and respectful, leaving behind little of the litter than an American crowd usually leave. At any given time, there have been as few as a dozen, and as many as several thousand people there. But there has always been someone present.
Sunday's crowds were particularly large.