Thursday 25 May 2017

Trump's cover has been blown by a Muslim couple whose son died heroically for his country

Captain Humayun Khan’s grave in Arlington Cemetery. Photo: Reuters
Captain Humayun Khan’s grave in Arlington Cemetery. Photo: Reuters

Gerard O’Regan

Anybody who has ever visited Arlington National Cemetery - in its iconic location across the Potomac river from Washington DC - will be aware of moments of vast stillness which seem to embrace it in a kind of shroud.

The sense of American history, stretching back almost 150 years, lingers in the air. The seemingly endless rows of gravestones bear testament to the 400,000 and more for whom it is a final resting place.

Arlington is also a reminder of just how many United States soldiers have died serving country and flag, in various wars and battles, many of which are now consigned to the history books. And amidst it all are the might-have-beens for countless lives so often cut down in their prime.

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