Arlington National Cemetery

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Il Arlington National Cemetery is located in the locality of the same name, in the State of Virginia. It is a military cemetery located in the area surrounding Washington DC It was established starting in 1864.

More than three hundred thousand people are buried in the 200 acres of land, including military and civilians; in the Arlington cemetery there are the graves of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, of 1100 freed slaves, of 3800 former slaves and officials of the state police who died in the fulfillment of their duty. Family members of those resting in Arlington also have the opportunity to be buried in the military cemetery.

One of the most visited places in the whole museum is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a flat-shaped sarcophagus with columns on the sides dedicated to the fallen of the two world wars but also to the soldiers who died in the Korean and Vietnamese wars. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded 24 hours a day by sentries who, from April to September, also change the guard every hour while from October to May every half hour.

Even people who have participated in the history of the United States of America as its presidents are buried in Arlington: among them William Taft and John Kennedy, in addition to the justices of the Supreme Court, literary figures, astronauts, composer Glen Miller and many others. people who have distinguished themselves in the fields of sport, science, medicine and politics. Alongside President John Kennedy also rest his two brothers, Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, as well as his beloved wife Jackeline Kennedy Onassis.

The national cemetery is visited by around 4 million people every year and many gather around President Kennedy's grave. Another important symbolic place is the Arlington House, a pre-Civil War mansion owned by Robert E. Lee's wife. During the Civil War, General Lee, loyal to Virginia, sided with the Southerners and later the House was occupied by the Unionist army. It is now a monument for remember George Washington.

In 1997, it was established next to Arlington Cemetery, also the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, to honor the more than two million women who have fallen to serve the US military. In the adjacent Education Center it is possible to consult computers, documents, in which the stories of women and their actions are reported.

Arlington Cemetery is open every day except for Christmas, the time of the visit can last about half a day and you can take advantage of the Tourmobile Ticket, during which you have the opportunity to visit the most important places with the guide who offers information and remain parked as long as you want in each place .

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