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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country..."

General George S. Patton, Jr.

Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. is the resting place of more than 14,000 veterans. The white rows of gravestones stretch on and on, seemingly infinite. When you see it in person, it is quite overwhelming. You try to take it all in with one glance, and you can't. Everywhere you turn, every sidewalk you go down, there are more endless white rows of headstones marking the graves of thousands and thousands of lost loved ones.

At the back of the cemetery stands the Tomb of the Unknown Sodier. In the past, and in some cases today, it isn't always easy to identify the remains of fallen soldiers. It's difficult to imagine how the families left behind can get closure and truly heal from the loss.

Entrance to the Memorial Ampitheater of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

When I first entered the enormous Memorial Ampitheater leading to the large crypt that serves as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a silly question came to mind. Was there actually an unknown soldier buried there, or was it simply for memorial and ceremony purposes?

The large free-standing crypt in the Plaza, otherwise known as The Tomb was resting place of an unidentified soldier who was killed in France and was laid to rest on November 11, 1921. The remains were exhumed in 1998, and with advanced DNA testing, the soldier was identified. The tomb remains empty and represents all of the missing and unidentified fallen soldiers of WWI. What a powerful memorial for families and soldiers to share.

An inscription on the Tomb reads:

Here Rests In
Honored Glory
An American
Known But To God

Soldiers Standing Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Soldiers of the Guard of Honor stand watch 24 hours a day. Their mission:
  • Responsible for maintaining the highest standards and traditions of the United States Army and this Nation while keeping a constant vigil at this national shrine.

  • Prevent any desecration or disrespect directed toward the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Guard or Sentinel performes the Changing of the Guard Ceremony every 30 minutes during the summer and every hour during the winter. The sentinel marches 21 steps across the black mat, past the final resting places of the Unknown Soldiers of World War I, World War II, Korea, and the crypt of the Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War. The 21 steps are a knod to the twenty-one gun salute, the highest honor given any military.

You can find FAQ's about the Guard here.

The Sentinel's Creed

My dedication to this sacred duty
Is total and wholehearted-

In the responsibility bestowed on me
Never will I falter-
And with dignity and perseverance
My standard will remain perfection.
Through the years of diligence and praise
And the discomfort of the elements
I will walk my tour in humble reverence
The best of my ability.
It is he who commands the respect I protect
His bravery that made us so proud.
Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day,
Alone in the thoughtful peace of night,
This soldier in honored Glory rest
Under my eternal vigilance.

*All photos by Krisztina Williams. All rights reserved.


  1. Beautiful post Christina. My uncle is just one of the men laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. He served in the Signal Corps and was stationed in Europe and Okinawa. This is more than a post, in fact it is a lovely and touching tribute. Thank you.

  2. Wow, Eve, I hope you've been able to visit Arlington then. I'm glad the post was meaningful to you.

  3. Beautiful pictures! We all need to take the time to remember our hero's.

  4. What a wonderful tribute. Thank you for doing this post.

  5. Thanks for posting this one, Christina.


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