Arlington National Cemetery
Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 24 Oct 2019
Arlington National Cemetery is a major military cemetery located outside of Washington, D.C. within the confines of Arlington County, Virginia. It is a 624 acre plot of land that features the grave those who have perished within our nation’s conflicts. It was started during the Civil War, when soldiers were buried on the property of the wife of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The Cemetery is featured along with Arlington House and the Arlington Memorial Bridge to form the Arlington National Cemetery Historic District.
The Cemetery features several memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is perpetually guarded by the U.S. Army. There is a changing of the guard ceremony that many people attend to pay their respects to the unknown soldiers. Other memorials include the USS Maine Mast Memorial and the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial. Famous gravesites here include the final resting place of John F. Kennedy. The Cemetery is free to visit, and there is a Visitor’s Center.
City: Washington DC
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