She likes paying her respects ❤️🤍💙
Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) is a sacred place where many honorable people are buried, but many people are unaware that the cemetery also serves as a haven for wildlife.
“Within ANC’s 639 acres, wildlife is abundant,” ANC wrote in a Facebook post. “The ANC wildlife population includes deer, squirrels, and chipmunks, as well as coyotes, foxes, snakes, a variety of birds, and even wild turkeys.”
One of those wild turkeys has recently taken up a lovely new hobby: accompanying funeral processions.
While this turkey enjoys a variety of activities around the cemetery, including visiting the Tomb of the Unknown and lounging in the sun across the grounds, her new favorite seems to be following funeral processions as they pay their respects to the dead. To be polite, the turkey takes up the rear and follows the procession quietly. She never disrupts the ceremony and instead joins in quietly, and her presence is always a pleasant surprise for everyone who is present.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a turkey has tried to get involved in the cemetery’s activities. Another turkey was seen hanging out next to a guard as he walked by a few months ago, completely unfazed. The turkeys are never trying to bother anyone; they simply enjoy being present.
The funeral procession turkey, hopefully, will continue to join in and bring joy to everyone watching. She simply wishes to be considerate, and she hopes that others will reciprocate.
“If you see her or any wildlife within ANC, please remember that this is their home and respect them and their space,” ANC wrote.