Bagpiping mid pays his respects at Arlington Cemetery

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(Mike Morones/Staff)


Staff photographer Mike Morones spent Veterans Day at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, expecting to capture some powerful images. He was right.

Here, Midshipman 1st Class Kieran Simonson plays bagpipes in Section 60 of the cemetery, the resting place for many service members killed since 2001.  The officer-in-training said he never had played there before, and wanted to seize the opportunity on such an appropriate day.

See more photos at our photo staff’s Line of Sight blog.


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  1. I flew in from California and I feel blessed and honored to have been there when witnessed this firsthand. Thank you, Sir, for your beautiful tribute. Many thanks to our service members and Veterans alike. Blessings and comfort to their grieving families. – Karen Manna, Hearing Conservation Audiologist, Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton

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