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.
The Arlington National Cemetery
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