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Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington

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Remember the United States' fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, where casualties and deceased veterans of every U.S. war lie buried. The cemetery covers an area of over 253 hectares (624 acres), and was established in 1864 on an estate that once belonged to the wife of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The final resting place for nearly 260,000 dead, the cemetery also includes the grave of John F. Kennedy, marked by an eternal flame. Uniformed soldiers protect the graves of unidentified bodies from the wars fought in the 20th century, with a ceremonial changing of the guard every hour. Start your tour at the visitor center, where you can look at informative exhibits and pick up a free map. To visit Arlington National Cemetery on your trip to Arlington, use our Arlington trip itinerary planner.
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  • We did not go on a tour, but there was an app to find graves, which was very helpful as my grandparents are buried there. We were able to witness the changing of the guards at The Tomb of The Unknown....  more
    We did not go on a tour, but there was an app to find graves, which was very helpful as my grandparents are buried there. We were able to witness the changing of the guards at The Tomb of The Unknown....  more »
  • This is a lovely place although it is very solemn. Much to learn so plan on spending some time in the visitor center. We took the tram and it worked out perfectly. Get on and get off when you want... 
    This is a lovely place although it is very solemn. Much to learn so plan on spending some time in the visitor center. We took the tram and it worked out perfectly. Get on and get off when you want...  more »
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  • Arlington National Cemetery is the sacred resting place for those 400,000 veterans who gave ultimate sacrifice for the country. Veterans of all major wars fought by United States are buried here, including two US Presidents. There is lots of walking involved in the cemetery sprawled in 620 acres. Please wear good walking shoes. Alternatively, you can take a tram tour with historical interpretation. This was the home of the George Washington’s family before. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is very moving marble memorial and one of the highlights of the cemetery. The Changing of the Guards take place every half an hour here which is a sobering experience. There is a grave site of President John F Kennedy here. The Memorial of Arboretum is very beautiful with green gardens. There is so much to see here so it is advisable to plan your trip in advance and decide what do you want to see. Every US citizen must visit here and honor our heroes.
  • What can I say that has not been said. As a veteran I had tears in my eyes watching the changing of the guard. This place represents so much more than a place to bury the dead. Each military member can sacrifice their life in their course of duty and it affects alll those close to that person. To lay down your life is the ultimate sacrifice. I give thanks to those that died for our freedom and their family. The grounds are immaculate. The memorials are moving. General Lees home was interesting. It was nice to take the tram that you can hop off as long as you please and just catch the next one. This place must be explored so allow plenty of time to visit. And the next time you meet a service person thank them for their service. Arlington is a must see when visiting Washington D.C.

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