Year of 2017

Memorial Day
Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia

Today, a crowd of about 5,000 visitors will gather in Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respects to the soldiers and other enlisted personnel who are buried here. Like Memorial Day itself, the origin of Arlington Cemetery dates back to the Civil War. A tragic side effect of the war was that existing graveyards were filling too fast. Today, Arlington is probably the best known of our nation’s 147 national cemeteries.

Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., in whose 624 acres the dead of the nation’s conflicts have been buried, beginning with the Civil War, as well as reinterred dead from earlier wars. The United States Department of the Army, a component of the United States Department of Defense, controls the cemetery.
Area: 1.16 sq miles (3 km²)
Burials: John F. Kennedy · Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis · Audie Murphy · Robert F. Kennedy · Ted Kennedy · Patrick Bouvier Kennedy · Michael Blassie · William Howard Taft · William Henry Christman · John Dill · Lee Marvin · George Washington Parke Custis · John J. Pershing · Grace Hopper · Robert Todd Lincoln

Arlington National Cemetery Seal
Millennium Project - Arlington National Cemetery