Arlington Cemetery Considers New Rules for Eligibility

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Arlington Cemetery Considers New Rules for Eligibility

Postby ajsuff » Thu May 31, 2018 5:54 pm

.................................. from the Smithsonian ..........................

About 30 burials a day take place at the military cemetery, which is nearing capacity

On May 13, 1864, as the American Civil War raged and casualties mounted, 21-year-old William Henry Christman of the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry became the first soldier to be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery. Over time, more than 420,000 veterans and their relatives have joined Christman in making the military cemetery their final resting place. It’s because of that, The New York Times’ Dave Philipps reports, the cemetery is now nearing capacity. With about 7,000 new burials annually, at this rate, the site will be full within 25 years. So officials are considering revising the rules for eligibility in order to ensure the cemetery remains open for 150 more years. ... Q1NzAzMQS2
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