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Female WWII Pilot Is Finally Honored at Arlington

'This now is about closure,' says granddaughter

(Newser) - It took an act of Congress, but World War II pilot Elaine Harmon is finally being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, reports the AP . Harmon died last year at age 95. She was one of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, a group of women who flew military aircraft... More »

Female WWII Pilots Regain Right to Be Buried at Arlington

'I think that the WASP deserve to have that honor'

(Newser) - Female WWII pilots are once again allowed to have their ashes buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery thanks to legislation passed by Congress this week, the Los Angeles Times reports. More than 1,000 women flew noncombat and training missions as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots program... More »

Lawmaker: Let Female Pilots' Ashes Rest at Arlington

Arizona congresswoman files legislation to that effect

(Newser) - An Arizona congresswoman filed legislation Wednesday to ensure that a group of female World War II pilots can have their ashes laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. The pilots known as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, flew military aircraft in noncombat roles during wartime to free up male... More »

Arlington Refuses to Bury Soldier in Black Hawk Crash

Thomas Florich's father hopes for an exception to active-duty rules

(Newser) - Arlington National Cemetery says a Louisiana National Guardsman who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico can't be buried at the hallowed grounds because he was killed during a training exercise. The burial plots are only for service members who die on active duty and... More »

Under Armour Yanks T-Shirt That Looked Like This

Company under fire for basketball tee inspired by Iwo Jima Memorial

(Newser) - What may have started out as a well-intentioned tribute to one of the most iconic images of WWII turned into a PR nightmare for Under Armour. The sports clothing company has pulled its "Band of Ballers" T-shirt (which showed a group erecting a basketball hoop) after complaints started pouring... More »

Teen Killed in WWII Buried at Arlington

Cecil Harris' remains were recently found in France

(Newser) - A Tennessee teenager who was killed in World War II and lay in a shallow grave for 70 years finally got a proper burial yesterday at Arlington, reports the Tennessean . Army private Cecil Harris, who was killed in battle on Jan. 2, 1945, was laid to rest with full military... More »

Obama Honors Oldest Living WWII Vet

Lays wreath at Arlington on this Veterans Day

(Newser) - President Obama today paid tribute to those who have served in the nation's military, including one of the nation's oldest veterans, 107-year-old Richard Overton. "This is the life of one American veteran, living proud and strong in the land he helped keep free," Obama said during... More »

Crammed Arlington Plans Controversial Expansions

Critics want new iconic military cemetery

(Newser) - The iconic Arlington National Cemetery is running out of space and critics say it's time to build Arlington Two instead of indefinitely tacking onto the military cemetery, the Washington Post reports. A columbarium that can hold more than 20,000 cremated remains will open this week, and a 27-acre... More »

JFK's Eternal Flame in for Repairs

Temporary torch filling in for a few weeks

(Newser) - There is still, as always, an "eternal flame" burning at the Arlington grave of John F. Kennedy. But for the next few weeks, a temporary torch will do the honors as the regular one goes in for repairs after more than four decades, reports CNN . Technicians made the transfer... More »

150 Years Later, 2 Union Sailors Head to Arlington

Navy to honor 16 who died on USS Monitor

(Newser) - A pair of Union sailors who perished on the battleship USS Monitor 150 years ago will receive heroes' burials at Arlington National Cemetery later this week, Fox reports. The burial will take place on the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, in which the Monitor fought the Confederate... More »

Woman Loses Job Over Tomb of Unknowns Photo

Lindsey Stone out a job after posting prank image to Facebook

(Newser) - A word to the wise: Be very wary of what you post on Facebook. Lindsey Stone has lost her job after posting a prank photo taken while visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington on Facebook. In the photo, Stone poses next to a sign asking for "... More »

Obama: 'It Falls to Us' to Care for Vets

President hails servicemembers at Arlington

(Newser) - Speaking at the final resting spot of thousands of America's servicemembers, President Obama paid tribute to Veterans Day today with a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and a vow to do more to take care of those who have served. "No ceremony or parade, no hug... More »

Images From Today's 9/11 Ceremonies

President marks 11th anniversary

(Newser) - President Obama honored the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks today, observing a moment of silence at the White House and laying a wreath at the Pentagon before visiting graves of recent war dead from Afghanistan and Iraq at Arlington National Cemetery. "Our country is safer, and... More »

Obama Honors Fallen Troops at Arlington

Lays wreath at Tomb of the Unknowns

(Newser) - President Barack Obama paid tribute today to the men and women who have died defending America, saying the country must strive "to be a nation worthy of your sacrifice." He said the war in Iraq has ended after nine years and is "winding down" in Afghanistan. But... More »

Arlington Cemetery Missing $12M

Senator Claire McCaskill faults 'gross incompetence'

(Newser) - Add this to the many , many , many problems of Arlington National Cemetery: About $12 million is missing, reports the Washington Post . Federal auditors say they can't find a trace of the money, allocated between 2004 and 2010. The news emerged at a Senate hearing yesterday, and Claire McCaskill has... More »

65K Arlington Graves May Have Problems: Army

How serious still unknown

(Newser) - After a meticulous, year-long survey of graves at the Arlington National Cemetery, Army investigators have discovered some discrepancy with 65,000 of them—one quarter of all the graves at the military site. Many problems may be minor, including typographical errors in paperwork, reports the Washington Post . Some of them... More »

Tomb of Unknown Soldier Guarded During Hurricane

'The Old Guard' posts photos on Facebook

(Newser) - Despite the nasty weather Hurricane Irene hurled at Arlington, Virginia, over the weekend, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery was still guarded. The 3rd US Infantry Regiment posted photos from the weekend on Facebook , noting that “members of The Old Guard have guarded the Tomb... More »

Man With Suspicious Bag Detained in Pentagon Scare

Suspect in Arlington National Cemetery reportedly had al-Qaeda literature

(Newser) - Roads around the Pentagon were closed today after police detained a man in Arlington National Cemetery and found his car in bushes near the Pentagon. Park police stopped the man overnight because the cemetery was closed, and found that he was carrying what was believed at the time to be... More »

Vets Less Likely to Approve of Job Obama's Doing

President places wreath at Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington

(Newser) - President Obama made a visit to Arlington National Cemetery today, where he placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, reports the AP . "Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice," he said at... More »

Arlington Must Once Again Bury Unknown Soldiers

As mass grave is investigated, at least 4 sets of remains unidentifiable

(Newser) - Thanks to advances in DNA science, many thought that the “unknown soldier” was a thing of the past, but now Arlington National Cemetery finds itself, once again, with multiple unknowns to bury. Of the eight sets of remains found in a single grave in October, only three have been... More »

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