The first graves in Arlington National Cemetery were dug by James Parks, a former slave. Parks was freed in 1862 He still lived on Arlington Estate when Secretary of War Stanton signed the orders designating Arlington as a military burial ground. Parks worked as a grave digger and maintenance man for the cemetery. When he died on Aug. 21, 1929, Secretary of War Stimson granted special permission for him to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The real “Rosie the Riveter” Geraldine Hoff Doyle, was a 17 years (in 1942) while she was working at the American Broach & Machine Co. when a photographer snapped a pic of her on the job. That image used by J. Howard Miller for the “We Can Do It!” poster, released during World War II.
Tear Catcher - During the American Civil War, soldiers on both sides often left their wives an ornate bottle in which to store their tears. If the man survived battle, the stored moisture was an indicator of his wife’s devotion and love. If he didn’t make it back, the bottle would be set in a place of honor.