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Arlington National Cemetery - Tour America's Most Treasured Shrine!

Situated near Washington, DC, Arlington National Cemetery, America's most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 300, 000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, President William Howard Taft, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis, noted composer and big band leader Glenn Miller and the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Visiting Arlington National Cemetery.

For the four million people who visit annually, Arlington National Cemetery is an opportunity to walk among the headstones that chronicle American history, scared grounds to remember and honor the nation's war heroes and those who fought bravely and perished for the preservation of freedom, and a chance to say a last farewell during the funeral services of a family member or friend. For all of these reasons, Arlington National Cemetery is a cherished landmark of American idealism and tradition. Stop by the Visitors Center located by the cemetery entrance to find maps, guidebooks, exhibits, information on grave locations, and a bookstore. Arlington National Cemetery is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. from April through September). Admission is free.
Arlington National Cemetery Facts, Washington, DC

Arlington National Cemetery Facts.

Located across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia, Arlington Mansion and 200 acres of ground surrounding it were designated officially as a military cemetery June 15, 1864 by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Veterans from all the nation's wars are buried in the cemetery, from the American Revolution through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pre-Civil War dead were reinterred after 1900. In Section 27 are buried more than 3,800 former slaves, called "Contrabands" during the Civil War. Their headstones are designated with the word "Civilian" or "Citizen."

Arlington National Cemetery Funerals.

With more than 300,000 people buried, Arlington National Cemetery has the second-largest number of people buried of any national cemetery in the United States. Arlington National Cemetery conducts approximately 6,400 burials each year, an average 28 a day. The flags in Arlington National Cemetery are flown at half-staff from a half hour before the first funeral until a half hour after the last funeral each day. Funerals are conducted Monday through Friday.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC The Tomb of the Unknowns, also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, is one of the most popular sites at Arlington National Cemetery. Made from Yule marble quarried in Colorado, the Tomb consists of seven pieces, with a total weight of 79 tons. The Tomb of the Unknowns stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, DC. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater. Sculpted into the east panel of the white marble sarcophagus, which faces Washington, DC, are three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor. The Tomb sarcophagus was placed above the grave of the Unknown Soldier of World War I. West of the World War I Unknown are the crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Those three graves are marked with white marble slabs flush with the plaza.


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