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On June 15, 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton officially designated Arlington Mansion and 200 acres of surrounding grounds in Virginia as a military cemetery.  Today, more than 300,000 people are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  Pre-Civil War dead were reinterred here after the turn of the 20th century, so that the cemetery is now the resting place of veterans from all of America's wars, from the American Revolution through the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.  Nearly four million people visit annually to pay their respects and to visit the monuments and memorials on the cemetery's grounds.  An eternal flame lights President John F. Kennedy's tomb; William Taft is the only other president buried here.  The Tomb of the Unknowns pays respect to anonymous soldiers from major wars.

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