Turkey pays respects to nation’s fallen heroes, walks in processions at Arlington National Cemetery

Burial at Arlington National Cemetery is a moment of reflection and honor for attendees, including a wild turkey that lives near the cemetery and has been paying its respects to the nation’s fallen heroes.

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A hen has been photographed slowly following funeral processions in the national cemetery.

She also pays a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and can be seen resting on the hallowed grounds.

Cemetery officials shared a photo of the turkey on Facebook on Thursday.

Visitors to Arlington National Cemetery may not expect to see an abundance of wildlife, since the cemetery is so close...

Posted by Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, May 19, 2022

She isn’t the only wildlife that has taken refuge at Arlington National Cemetery. Officials said there are deer, squirrels, chipmunks, coyotes, foxes, snakes and other wild birds that call the 639 acres home.

The Washington, D.C. area has been seeing reports of aggressive wild turkeys attacking people on trails in the area, WUSA reported. The D.C. Department of Energy and Environment said the uptick in attacks can be attributed to breeding season.

Cemetery officials reminded visitors to Arlington Cemetery to give not just the turkey, but any wildlife in the cemetery, space and to be respectful of them.

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