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23 April 201502:12AMusa-2015travel

Mile Zero

Foreground: The Zero Milestone is a zero mile marker monument in Washington, D.C. intended as the initial milestone from which all road distances in the United States should be reckoned when it was built. At present, only roads in the Washington, D.C. area have distances measured from it.

Background: The White House.

National Christmas Tree

Foreground: The National Christmas Tree is a large evergreen tree located in the northeast quadrant of the The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, D.C. Each year since 1923, the tree has been decorated as a Christmas tree.

Background: The Washington Monument

Frank Milne

Foreground: Pilot Officer Francis Milne, RAAF, became the first (and so far only) Australian to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. During World War II he was attached to No 6 Troop Carrier Squadron of the US Army Air Forces, serving as a copilot in Dakota transports. On 26 November 1942 his aircraft was attacked in New Guinea by a Japanese fighter and forced down into a swamp, in terrain so rough that the crash site was never reached during the war. After discovery of the wreckage in 1989 allowed recovery action to take place, it was found that Milne’s remains were ‘individually unidentifiable’ from those of Technical Sergeant Joseph Paul, the US flight engineer on board, so they were buried together in Arlington.

Background: Arlington National Cemetery.

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