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Arlington National Cemetery

The History

The Arlington National Cemetery is where all our heros that we honor are buried. Before it became a cemetery it was Robert E. Lee's land he owned until it was taken away then became a cemetery in 1864.

Famous People Buried

The first two men buried in the cemetery were a Union and Confederate soldiers. Presidents and their cabinets are even buried there. Now there are more than 200,000 graves. Every single tombstone is made of white marble. Also President John F. Kennedy is buried there. On the day of his funeral, his wife lit a flame on his grave. Today we call it The Enternal Flame.

The Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier is located at the cemetery. In 1998, Department of Defense scientists used DNA test to Identify Air Force Lieutenant Michael Joseph Blassic, his relatives claimed his body, but when they came the tomb was empty.


Out of 125 cemetery's Arlington's the second biggest. The first biggest is in Long Island, New York. At every funeral they have a wagon to carry the casket called a Caisson. On January 28,1986 a crew of 7 died on a space shuttle called The Challenger, a bronze and a granite monument honors them. There's also a memorial stadium that seats more than 5,000 people and is fully made of white marble. They have official ceremonies to honor our members of are nation. The stadium is called the Amphitheater. Also on the Terrance is the Tomb of the unknown soldier.


The Arlington National Cemetery is a very interesting place to visit for a vacation. There are a lot of sights to see like The Eternal Flame, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Amphitheater Memorial Stadium, and look at all the tombs of the soldiers that has passed away in American wars.


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