Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery, located just outside of Washington, D.C. in Arlington County, Virginia, is one of the most respected and visited landmarks in all of the United States. Arlington National Cemetery is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and is also the last resting place of many notable figures including President John F. Kennedy, his brothers Robert and Ted Kennedy as well as President William Howard Taft. Questions about Arlington National Cemetery can be found here.

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Which two presidents are buried in Arlington National Cemetery?

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John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft

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Which two US presidents are buried in Arlington National Cemetery?

The Presidents buried at Arlington are

John F. Kennedy (35th President) and William Howard Taft (27th President).

Taft died on March 8, 1930 and was buried there on March 11, 1930.

Kennedy was killed in Dallas on November 22, 1963 and was buried in a special area outside of the main cemetery at Arlington, but inside the cemetery grounds. His funeral and burial took place on November 25, 1963.
Only two US presidents are buried in Arlington - John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft.

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How many graves are in Arlington National Cemetery?

I was there a week ago and asked a guide. He said that there are about 400000 graves, then there are memorials, some even for thousands of soldiers. An average of 25-30 graves is added each day.

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What Two Presidents Are the Only ones Buried At the arlington national cemetery?

William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy.

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Who can be buried at Arlington National Cemetery?

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Where is Arlington?

There is a significant city in Virginia named Arlington that is right outside of Washington, DC. The famous Arlington National Cemetery is there.

Arlington is also a city in Texas where the Texas Rangers baseball team plays.

There are other towns and villages by the name as well.

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Was the Arlington national cemetery stolen?

Well, it was "confiscated". Arlington was an estate with a large home owned by the wife of General Robert E. Lee. Mrs. Lee was a granddaughter of Martha Washington and had inherited Arlington. Arlington House is today called the "Custis-Lee" mansion and sits atop the hill above where president Kennedy is buried. He had visited the house a few months before he was murdered and had admired the view, and said what a lovely place it would be to be buried.

Arlington is just across the Potomac River from Washington D. C., in a part of Virginia taken very early in the Civil War by the Yankees. The Quartermaster General of the US Army was Montgomery Meigs. He was responsible, among other things, for seeing to it that Federal soldiers killed in the Civil War were buried. Existing cemeteries were soon full, and Meigs was feeling vindictive himself, because his own son had been among the Federal soldiers who were already dead. So Meigs issued an order "confiscating" Arlington as the property of an enemy of the US, for use as a cemetery. Burials of Federal troops began on the grounds. The crews doing the actual interments began by burying fallen soldiers in fields far from the house. Meigs visited his new cemetery and was infuriated by this. He chewed out the burial crews and gave them explicit orders that fallen Yankees should be buried all over the lawn of the house, and right by the foundations of the house. He thought this would make it impossible for anyone to ever live in the house again (and no one has). If he considered how the families of the fallen soldiers might have felt about this use of the bodies of their loved ones, there is no record of it.

After the war was over General Lee filed a claim with the Federal government over this "confiscation" of Arlington. He was ignored. Finally, many years after General Lee was dead, the Federal government did pay something to his heirs for Arlington.

Federal troops had also burned another historic home belonging to the Lee family, called the "White House", on the Pamunkey River in Virginia. This home had been inherited by one of General Lee's sons. George Washington had married his wife in the "White House". The area where it was located came under Union control. For a time Yankee generals protected the house and used it as a headquarters. When reverses drove the Yankees away, they could not contain themselves and burned it to the ground.

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Where is Arlington National Cemetery?

Arlington National Cemetery is in Virginia, located just across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

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Who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery?

Mostly United States Military veterans, but two Presidents and many senators are buried there also. There are some unmarked graves from a long time ago also. Originally it was a paupers' cemetery. Located on 600 acres in Virginia there are over 275,000 people are buried there.

Presidents : William Taft and John Kennedy

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What does 'TEC 5 BTRY B 310 CA BN CAC' mean on a tombstone in a national cemetery?

Your loved ones rank was a Technician, 5th Grade. He was a member of Battery B, 310th Coast Artillery Barrage Balloon Battalion. Activated at Camp Tyson, Tennessee on June 5, 1942, the 310th served in Los Angeles, California, January 23-August 27, 1943. The 310th was de-activated at Fort Custer, Michigan, September 9, 1943. "CAC" meant Coast Artillery Corps. Richard V. Horrell WW 2 Connections

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Who was the first US president buried in Arlington National Cemetery?

The 27th President, William Howard Taft (1857-1930) was the first former President to be buried at Arlington (across the Potomac from Washington DC). Taft died March 8, 1930 and was buried there on March 11.

The only other President buried in Arlington is the 35th President, John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).

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What is a cemetery sexton?

The bell ringerA sexton is a person (usually a preist or apprentice of one) who rings the church bells during each hour and during special cerimonies like that of the time at a funeral.

A cemetery sexton is a person who runs the local cemetery(ies)

Opening and Closing Graves

One of the main functions of a sexton is to open and close graves for interments. In order to do that, the sexton must know where the plots are physically located in the cemetery, the dimensions of the plots, and which graves are filled, and it is the sexton's responsibility not to disturb prior interments when opening graves. It would not be a good thing for the backhoe to hit another casket. In some cases this means that the sexton must use a Sexton's Key to probe the ground and make certain the neighboring graves will not be disturbed.

Selling Plots

Another major function of a cemetery sexton is to be able to show prospective buyers available lots. That means that the sexton must not only keep up with what plots are filled, but also what lots are sold. The sale of a cemetery plot is pretty much like the sale of any real estate.

Placing Headstones

Once a headstone is shipped to the cemetery, it is the sexton's responsibility to know where the monument is to be installed and direct the installation. In many cemeteries, it is also the sexton's responsibility to notify the installers when the stone arrives.

Grounds Maintenance

This not only includes mowing, but also the upkeep of trees and plantings, the cemetery fence, signage, and any memorial areas in the cemetery.

Rules and Regulations

Enforcing the cemetery rules and regulations, when people can visit, conduct in the cemetery, and litter. Similarly most modern cemeteries have rules about what can be installed at a grave, and what can be placed at a grave. Some cemeteries do not allow planting at graves, holiday decorations, lighting, or other memorabilia, while other will allow some or all of these things. Many cemeteries have rules about live and even artificial flowers and post signage stating flowers will be removed on a certain date. This helps to keep the cemetery clean and fresh of pots of death flowers throughout the harsh winter.

Mapping/Platting

Modern cemeteries are typically platted out and every square inch is accounted for. The cemetery may be comprised of different lot layouts in different sections of the cemetery. There may be differing sizes of graves and usually some smaller crematory plots. A map is created and each grave is identified by some naming or numbering scheme, usually identifying sections, blocks, lots, and plots, and it is the job of the sexton to maintain this map. This map is essential in the ability to do their job.

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What is Arlington National Cemetery?

The Eternal home of the Unknown Soldier and thousands of American Patriots. Burial ground for over 285,000 of our Nations heros.

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How do you qualify to be buried in Arlington national cemetery?

Arlington National Cemetery contains the gravesites of deceased active duty soldiers, military retirees, and honorably discharged veterans. The eligibility is based on several criteria, including service disabilities and other Federal service.

For a comprehensive list, and a link to applications, see the related link.

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How big are gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery?

about a big amount

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Why isn't Abraham Lincoln buried at Arlington National Cemetery?

At the time it was almost a paupers cemetery and not up to the standards for a president. Presidents are buried according to the wishes of their family.

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Which Confederate general owned Arlington Cemetery?

General Robert E. Lee was married to Mary Anna Randolph Custis who inherited the mansion and property from her father. He lived in the mansion for many years before leaving to assist the Confederacy. When the Union forces captured General Lee's home, they confiscated it. Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs proposed in 1864 that 200 acres of the Robert E. Lee family property. He said that Lee was responsible for the deaths of the soldiers so he would make his home a cemetery. He had the graves dug right up next to the mansion. By war's end, 16,000 graves filled the spaces close to the house. Heir to the property Custis Lee sued the government claiming that he owned the land. After the Supreme Court ruled in Lee's favor, Congress paid him $150,000 for title to the land. BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA

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What Presidents are buried in Arlington National Cemetery?

There are 2 : William H. Taft (27th President) and John F. Kennedy (35th President).

The 27th President, William Howard Taft (1857-1930) was the first former President to be buried at Arlington (across the Potomac from Washington DC). Taft died March 8, 1930 and was buried there on March 11.

The only other President buried in Arlington is the 35th President, John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) . He was buried on November 26, 1963.

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Where is RFK buried?

Arlington National Cemetery

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How many acres is Arlington National Cemetery?

Arlington National Cemetery covers an area of 624 acres comprising about 300,000 grave sites.

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Who owns Arlington National Cemetery today?

The US Government.

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Is the Arlington National Cemetery open to the public?

It is and it is well worth a visit.

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How many US Presidents are buried at Arlington National Cemetery?

There are 2 : William H. Taft (27th President) and John F. Kennedy (35th President).

Taft died on March 8, 1930 and was buried there on March 11. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas on November 22, 1963, and interred on the Arlington grounds on November 25.

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When is Arlington National Cemetery open?

Arlington National Cemetery is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The hours of the cemetery are 8am-7pm (April-September) and 8am-5pm (October-March).

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When and why was the Arlington National Cemetery created?

The Arlington Estate belonged to Robert E Lee and his wife during the Civil War. It included what is now Fort Myer, the Pentagon, the Navy Annex, and Arlington National Cemetery. When Robert E Lee fled south, a property tax of $92.03 was assessed by the union and were required to be paid in person. When it was not paid, the whole estate was confiscated by the Government. The Government began to bury dead soldiers on the Lees' estate during the civil war and continued to do so after the war ended. Years later the Lee family sued the government for their property and won, but rather than removing all of the bodies, they sold it back for about $150,000.

Mary Ann Randolf, Section 45, was buried on the grounds of the estate before it became a military cemetery. The first soldier to be buried in Arlington once it was a military cemetery was Private William Henry Christman.

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