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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.

The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.

These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

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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