Signs, Inscriptions, and Displays in Washington DC
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
E Pluribus Unum, Arlington Memorials
E Pluribus Unum (Latin = "out of many, one"). The people interred at Arlington National Cemetery may come from many different origins, but all occupy a shared place of honor in the collective memory. Here, a rose garden monument bears the motto from the Seal of the United States.
Above, men from different backgrounds take neighboring grave plots: Gallagher is a surname of Irish origin (from Gaelic Ó Gallchóbhair); Cohen (כֹּהֵן) is a common Jewish surname.