There is a rule at Arlington that you cannot leave mementos at the grave sites. They have been looking the other way in the section where Iraq and Afghanistan service members have been laid to rest, but this week they went though and removed everything and are now enforcing the rule.
Do you think the representatives of Arlington National Cemetery was right or wrong?
Me personally, I have always hated the "litter" in graveyards: deteriorating mementos, wilted bouquets, and such. Same goes for make-shift roadside memorials. My husband knows my feelings, and teases that if I die in a roadside crash, the first thing he will do is erect a tacky roadside cross for me covered in fading fake flowers and water-logged stuffed animals. I realize that is just my opinion though, and for many, leaving momentos is a way for them to feel closer to their loved ones, and we all grieve in different ways...but on the other hand, I think that in Arlington, they have their service members buried there knowing the rules...and that many cemeteries have the same rules.