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Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery is one of two national cemeteries run by the United States Army. Nearly 400,000 people are buried in its 639 acres … See more

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Jan 10, 2023
My family and I visited Arlington to place my brother's remains per his wishes. Every aspect of the event was meticulously planned and executed by the most caring, professional members of the Arling… Full review by CHRISTINE G
Dec 17, 2022
Arlington National Cemetery marks the history of US military adventure abroad. The vast area across the Potomac River from Washington DC is the burial place of all major US military personnel. Quite … Full review by Leonhkny
Nov 29, 2022
This is a must-do whilst in the Washington DC area. There are no excuses as to why you can’t or shouldn’t go here. I am from the UK and one thing I love about the USA is their huge respect for the mi… Full review by jonesey1999

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A Place of Honor and Memory
It is the right of anyone killed in action in any branch of military service, or who served for 20 years, to be buried at Arlington, along with their spouse. It’s ironic, then, that the cemetery started almost as an act of Civil War vengeance: in 1861 Union forces seized the estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and in 1864 they began burying soldiers close enough to Arlington House to make sure that Mr. and Mrs. Lee could never take up residence again. However, time has worked its healing magic and transformed Arlington into a place of honor and memory. Built in 1802-16, Arlington House is now a museum and appears as it did in Lee’s time. Entranced by the view, President Kennedy was said to have murmured, "I could stay here forever." And shortly afterwards he took up residence in the cemetery, to be joined later by Robert F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. By an imposing marble amphitheater is the Tomb of the Unknowns, including unidentified casualties of US conflicts up to Vietnam. Today, the Pentagon keeps DNA samples of all military personnel, making it unlikely that future remains will be unidentifiable. The changing of the guard on the hour remains moving in its reverent precision. Horse-drawn caissons still bear the remains of troops qualified for burial, from the dwindling veterans of World War II to those killed in Afghanistan. Tombs range from unadorned white headstones, such as that of actor Lee Marvin, to sculpted personal memorials, like the one to the former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis that sits next to it. The Tourmobile route naturally features celebrity sites, but strollers can discover more obscure, but often just as interesting, memorials and tombs. Memorials include the mast of the battleship Maine, the monument to the Navajo Code Talkers, and commemorations of the Space Shuttle Columbia casualties. At the north end is the Netherlands Carillon, a Dutch thank you for their liberation from the Nazis. Beyond is the US Marines’ Iwo Jima Memorial, a giant re-creation of the celebrated photo of the raising of the flag during the 1942 battle. The Women in Military Service to America Memorial is inset behind the original Main Gate wall to create a light-flooded arch with 16 display niches. Three photo displays survey women at war from the earliest days to the present. Arlington Cemetery’s visitors’ center is just past the entrance on Memorial Avenue, close to the Metro station. Here you can locate particular graves or pick up maps to wander the cemetery on foot.
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