Day 36: Chattanooga National Cemetery

by Jeff

Celebrate Memorial Day

Flag in the foreground -ChattanoogaAndBeyond

What better way to remember those who have served and given their lives for our country.

Consider a trip to the Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Avenue, Chattanooga, TN.

On a hillside at Chattanooga National Cemetery

On a hillside at Chattanooga National Cemetery - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

The expanse of the grounds is inspiring and while we were visiting today two burials that were taking place. In fact we heard “Taps” being played on a hillside. Folks were mingling around headstones paying respect to loved ones.

Honor Guard at the top of the hill - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

The American Flag was displayed throughout and in fact every headstone and marker had a flag…very patriotic.

Masonry Archway ca. 1880 former entrance to the cemetery

Masonry Archway ca. 1880 former entrance to the cemetery

Chattanooga National Cemetery is home to one of five monumental masonry archways that originally served as the formal entrance to national cemeteries found in the South.

Three are managed by NCA: Marietta, Ga., built 1883; Chattanooga, Tenn., built ca.1880; and Nashville, Tenn., built ca.1870. These Roman-inspired structures are approximately 35 feet high with Doric columns, a pair of ornamental iron gates, and inscriptions above. The two other memorial arches are found at Arlington National Cemetery, built 1879, and Vicksburg National Cemetery, ca. 1880, properties managed by the Department of Defense and National Park Service, respectively.

Chattanooga National Cemetery Gate on Bailey Avenue

Visiting hours are daily, dawn to dusk.

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