Remembering A Nation’s War Heroes

by MSO

A tradition for the past 40 years, America's fallen heroes are honored by placing flags before the gravestones just prior to Memorial Day Weekend.

There are 330,000 American Servicemen buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. Arlington Cemetery got its name from General Robert E. Lee’s home, Arlington House. The land that makes up Arlington Cemetery was confiscated during the Civil War by the U.S. government. There are many famous Americans such as John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Onassis, Robert Kennedy and President William Howard Taft buried in the 624 acres of land. The cemetery is divided into 70 sections, with some sections in the southeast portion reserved for future expansion. Section 60, in the southeast part of the cemetery, is the burial ground for military personnel killed in the Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan. The cemetery has an average of 27-30 funerals a day and approximately 6,900 burials each year.

Read more:

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/

http://dc.about.com/cs/sightseeing/a/Monuments.htm

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