Tombstone of the first soldier buried in Arlington Cemetery
Tombstone of the first soldier buried in Arlington Cemetery
 
 
View of the Curtis-Lee Mansion and Arlington Cemetery
View of the Curtis-Lee Mansion and Arlington Cemetery
 
 
Honor Guard for a fallen soldier
Honor Guard for a fallen soldier
 
 
Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial
Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial
 
 
Memorial of the attack on the U.S. Pentagon on September 11, 2001
Memorial of the attack on the U.S. Pentagon on September 11, 2001
 
 
Tomb of the Unknowns
Tomb of the Unknowns
 
 
Eternal Flame and President Kennedy's grave
Eternal Flame and President Kennedy's grave
 
Arlington National Cemetery
Topic(s):   American Symbols, Landmarks
Quick Facts
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Country United States
Year(s) built started as a cemetery 1864; ongoing
Designed by: Curtis-Lee Mansion designed by George Hadfiled; Cemetery started by Brigadier General Montgomery C. Meigs
Purpose: honors those who served their country in war and peace

Arlington National Cemetery is next to Washington D.C. It is on land that used to belong to Robert E. Lee’s wife. Lee and his wife lived there until the Civil War. General Lee led the army of the South in that war. That made the North mad. They took over Lee’s land and house. They gave some of the land to freed slaves. They buried dead soldiers in the garden. That way, the Lees would not want to come back. Later, the land was returned to Lee’s son. He sold it back to the government to use as a cemetery.

Now there are more than 300,000 people buried there. They are from every war the United States has been in. The first soldier buried there was William Henry Christman in 1864. The cemetery has many rules about who can be buried there. The person must have served some active-duty in the military. A spouse of a person missing in action may be buried there. The President of the United States may be buried there.

There are several memorials in Arlington. One is for the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Another is for the victims of the September 11 attack on the Pentagon. The Tomb of the Unknowns is a popular spot to visit. It has unidentified remains of people from many wars. The Eternal Flame is also popular. It is on President Kennedy’s grave.

Memorial Day services are held at Arlington each year. They are held in the Memorial Amphitheater.

Resource information

Arlington National Cemetery Website. (2012). The Early History of This Land. Retrieved from http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/history1.htm

Arlington National Cemetery. Historical Information. Retrieved from http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/historical_information/arlington_house.html

VisitingDC.com. (2011). Arlington Cemetery History. Retrieved from http://www.visitingdc.com/virginia/arlington-cemetery-history.htm

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