'Arlington: Call To Honor'
(DVD / NR / 2018 / PBS)
Overview: Every graveyard tells a story, but few can talk to the living like Arlington National Cemetery. Visit the final home of war heroes from the Revolutionary War to 9/11 to the current struggle in Iraq.
DVD Verdict: Watching the Smithsonian Channels engrossing 'Arlington: Call To Honor', you not only learn things such as the fact that the American flag flies at half-staff more often than not (as more than twenty-seven burials take place daily), but that each section of the cemetery reflects a time in history, and each stone signifies a hero.
Furthermore, the history of this infamous Arlingon National Cemetery is boundless. Sure, we most all know that Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., in whose 624 acres the dead of the nation's conflicts have been buried; beginning with the Civil War, as well as reinterred dead from earlier wars, but did you also know that the United States Department of the Army, a component of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), controls the cemetery?
Also, the national cemetery was established during the Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, which had been the estate of Confederate general Robert E Lee's wife Mary Anna Custis Lee (a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington).
The Cemetery, along with Arlington House, Memorial Drive, the Hemicycle, and the Arlington Memorial Bridge, form the Arlington National Cemetery Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 2014.
All these wondrous facts and so much more are detailed here in this engrossing new 51 minute long DVD from PBS. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.