Arlington Cemetery Washington D.C.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington Virginia, is an American military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Robert E. Lee s wife Mary Anna Curtis Lee, a descendant of Martha Washington.

More than 300,000 persons are buried here on 624 acres. Veterans from every one of the nation's wars are interred in the cemetery, from the American Revolution through the military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pre-Civil War dead were reinterred after 1900.

Tomb of the Unknowns

The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It stands on top of a hill overlooking Washington, D.C.

Tomb of the Unkown Soldier

The tomb was completed and opened to the public Apr 9, 1932, and was initially named the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier." Other unknown servicemen were later buried there, and it became known as the "Tomb of the Unknowns", though it has never been officially named. The soldiers buried there are:

Unknown Soldier of World War I

Unknown Soldier of World War II

Unknown Soldier of the Korean War

Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War

The Tomb of the Unknowns is perpetually guarded by the U.S. Army. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard") began guarding the Tomb Apr 6, 1948.

John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame

President John F. Kennedy is buried with his wife and two of their children. He was placed here Mar 14, 1967. His grave is marked with an eternal flame. His brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, is also buried nearby. The latter grave is marked by a simple wooden cross.

After the assassination of the President, the widowed First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, requested an eternal flame for his grave site. She was inspired by the eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which she and her husband had seen during a visit to France in 1961

In 1967, the permanent grave site was completed, with the eternal flame surrounded by Cape Cod field stones and selections from President Kennedy's Inaugural Address etched on marble panels that face the nation's capital.

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Arlington House

During the American Civil War, the grounds of the mansion were selected as the site of Arlington National Cemetery, in part to ensure that General Lee would never again be able to return to his home. Yet the United States has since designated the mansion as a national memorial to its former opponent, a mark of widespread respect for Lee in both the North and South.

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