Arlington National Cemetery
Facts About Arlington National Cemetery
-More that 400,000 people have been buried there since 1860
-It was used as head quarters in the Civil War for the Union Army.
-There is an average of 5,000 funerals that happen every year at Arlington National Cemetery. Funerals are held 6 out of the 7 days of the week; funeral days are Monday-Saturday. All the flags at Arlington National Cemetery are flown at half staff 30 minutes before the first funeral and 30 minutes after the last funeral each day.
-Not only soldiers are buried there. Parts of the seven astronauts that died on the Space Shuttle Challenger are buried there.
-There are 36 Memorial Trees for the Medal of Honor recipients.
-Around 5,000 unknown soldiers are buried there. There is a tomb dedicated to a unknown soldier. On the tomb it says, "Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God"
-The cemetery didn't have a national reputation until John F. Kennedy was buried there.
-The cemetery is 624 acres.
-About 4,000 former slaves are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.