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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...

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...

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...

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 "...

Obama: &#39;It Falls to Us&#39; to Care for Vets
 'It Falls to Us' 
 to Care for Vets 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Boehner Blocks Capitol Ceremony for Last WWI Vet

Arlington the proper place for Frank Buckles' honors, says rep

(Newser) - A campaign to allow the body of Frank Buckles, the last US veteran of World War, I to lie with honor in the Capitol Rotunda—a rare privilege usually reserved for presidents and high-ranking politicians, but sometimes extended to extraordinary citizens—has reportedly been derailed by House Majority Leader John...

Frank Buckles, Last Surviving US World War I Veteran, Dead at 110
 Last US WWI Vet Dead at 110 

Last US WWI Vet Dead at 110

Frank Buckles was final survivor of 5 million Americans who served

(Newser) - The last doughboy has died. Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, died peacefully of natural causes at his farm in West Virginia at age 110, the Washington Post reports. Buckles, who was born in Missouri in 1901, lied about his age to get into the...

Remains of 8 Soldiers Found in Same Grave at Arlington

Screw up sparks criminal probe

(Newser) - The Army has launched yet another criminal probe into Arlington National Cemetery, after eight urns marked “unknown” were found in a single grave. Bodies are misplaced or mixed up disturbingly often at Arlington, but this is the first time that it’s sparked a criminal probe. “When there’...

Soldiers, Best Friends, Buried Side-by-Side

Two who were like brothers reunited in Arlington National Cemetery

(Newser) - Travis Manion and Brendan Looney grew to love each other like brothers when they roomed together at the Naval Academy for two years. But when they went their separate ways, Manion to Iraq and Looney to Afghanistan, their families never dreamed the friends’ reunion would take place at Arlington National...

Thousands of Arlington Graves May Be Mixed Up

Senate panel blasts 'incompetent' cemetery chiefs

(Newser) - The number of mismarked, unmarked, and mislabeled graves in Arlington National Cemetery could be as high as 6,600 out of 330,000 graves, a Senate hearing heard yesterday. Subcommittee chair Claire McAskill slammed the "catastrophic incompetence" of cemetery officials, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Waste, abuse, fraud—...

Army: Hundreds of Bodies Misplaced at Arlington

(Newser) - Hundreds of bodies buried at Arlington National Cemetery have been misidentified or misplaced, an Army investigation has found, in a scandal marring the reputation of the nation's pre-eminent burial ground for its honored dead since the Civil War. The cemetery's two civilian leaders will be forced to step aside, Army...

Obama Speech Rained Out
 Obama Speech 
 Rained Out 
memorial day

Obama Speech Rained Out

With president in Illinois, Biden lays wreath at Arlington

(Newser) - Driving rain and an electrical storm forced President Obama to cancel his Memorial Day speech today at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Illinois. "A little bit of rain doesn't hurt anybody but we don't want anybody struck by lightning," he told the crowd, which was gathered in an...

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