Arlington National Cemetery

As the U.S. observes Memorial Day, here are some fast facts about the place considered the nation’s most hallowed ground.

Lying just across the river from Washington D.C., Arlington National Cemetery bears witness to America’s history, pays tribute to our military and recognizes the sacrifice made by our men and women in uniform.

The Arlington Mansion and the surrounding 200 acres were designated an official military cemetery on June 15, 1864, by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

Since then more than 400,000 people have been buried there. Among them: Soldiers from all the nation’s wars (pre-Civil War dead were reinterred after 1900), presidents, Supreme Court justices and former slaves of the property.

The cemetery is still active and conducts nearly 7,000 burials each year.

Here are a few things you may not know about Arlington National Cemetery.

— South Florida Sun-Sentinel, MCT

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