So many visitors had asked for the grave that the man at the information booth at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon needed only to hear the name to recite the number.
“7986,” he said.
The route there took you from the visitor’s center and out along Eisenhower Drive to York Drive and Section 60. The sun was setting behind the hills to the west where Mount Vernon stands, and the last light of the day was shining golden on just the tops of the identical white headstones as you came to 7986, the one that thousands had visited since the summer.
KHAN, HUMAYUN SAQIB MUAZZAM
SEPT 9 1976
JUNE 8 2004
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
BSM stands for Bronze Star Medal, which Khan received in recognition of his bravery in placing the safety of his soldiers before his own in the moments before he was killed by a suicide bomber. His noble selflessness is often mentioned in the notes that visitors leave along with candles and flowers and other offerings. The missives also often mention his parents, who memorably appeared at the Democratic Convention in July and denounced Donald Trump. One note to them on Wednesday read:
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