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Location and History

Arlington National Cemetery is a 624-acre military cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Established during the Civil War, it is the final resting place for over 400,000 veterans and their families, including presidents, astronauts, and other notable figures.

Notable Features

  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: A white marble sarcophagus honoring unidentified American service members killed in war.
  • Arlington House: Former home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, now a museum and memorial.
  • Section 60: Burial ground for Medal of Honor recipients.
  • JFK Eternal Flame: A constant flame marking the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy and his family.
  • Women in Military Service for America Memorial: Honors the service of women in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Visiting the Cemetery

The cemetery is open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visitors can explore the grounds on foot, by tram, or by bicycle. Guided tours are also available.

Significance

Arlington National Cemetery is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by American service members throughout history. It is a place of remembrance, reflection, and national pride.

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Unknown Solider, Washington, D.C.

Unknown Solider, Washington, D.C.

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Private Nathaniel Shoup of Co. C, 84th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment in uniform

Private Nathaniel Shoup of Co. C, 84th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment ...

Photo shows identified soldier. Before the Liljenquist Family donated the ambrotype photo of Nathaniel Shoup to the Library of Congress, Christian Liljenquist took the photo to Shoup's grave site at the Alexan... More

View of graves at Arlington National Cemetery

View of graves at Arlington National Cemetery

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Image of the gravesites of Union soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery

Image of the gravesites of Union soldiers in Arlington National Cemete...

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Memorial to Army and Navy Nurses unveiled in Arlington. Washington, D.C., Nov. 8. An 11 foot figure designed by Frances Rich, daughter of Irene Rich. Famous movie star was unveiled in Arlington Cemetery today by a nurse from the Army and one from the Navy, dedicated to the Army and Navy Nurses who gave their lives in line of duty, it represents a war nurse and stands about 150 feet from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, on the only plot in the cemetery reserved for women, left to right. Miss. Ida Hube, who sponsored the statue served from 1906 to 1910 as a Army Nurse; Irene Rich, mother of the designer; and Frances Rich, the designer is shown placing a wreath, 11/8/38

Memorial to Army and Navy Nurses unveiled in Arlington. Washington, D....

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View of World War I graves at Arlington National Cemetery

View of World War I graves at Arlington National Cemetery

View of World War I graves at Arlington National Cemetery, radio towers in the .background...Arlington, Virginia

Carrizel Martyrs arrival with military honors. Arlington Military cemetery. Photo by Central News Photo Service

Carrizel Martyrs arrival with military honors. Arlington Military ceme...

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ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. VIEW

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. VIEW

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CONFEDERATE MONUMENT. ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. WOODROW WILSON

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT. ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. WOODROW WILSON

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ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. WOODROW WILSON

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. WOODROW WILSON

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[Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia]

[Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia]

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ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY - Glass negative photogrpah. Public domain.

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY - Glass negative photogrpah. Public domain...

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Old Ampitheather, Arlington, [Virginia]

Old Ampitheather, Arlington, [Virginia]

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ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. VIEWS OF ARLINGTON FROM THE AIR, CENTERING THE MEMORIAL AMPHITHEATRE

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. VIEWS OF ARLINGTON FROM THE AIR, CENTERIN...

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Arlington National Cemetery. East approach to Tomb of Unknown Soldier from center

Arlington National Cemetery. East approach to Tomb of Unknown Soldier ...

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Burial of A.E.F. (sailors), 5/22/20

Burial of A.E.F. (sailors), 5/22/20

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Arlington National Cemetery. Interior of trophy room at Arlington National Cemetery with guard

Arlington National Cemetery. Interior of trophy room at Arlington Nati...

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Washington, D.C. View of Washington, D.C. from Arlington Cemetery

Washington, D.C. View of Washington, D.C. from Arlington Cemetery

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Last rites for Jane A. Delano. Representatives of government departments, friends and fellow workers of Miss Jane A. Delano paying last tribute to her at commitment services in Arlington National Cemetery. Miss Delano, who directed the mobilization of American nurses for world war service, died in France in April, 1919. Her body was returned to the United States on the transport Sherman, September 11. She is one of a few women to be buried in Arlington (nurses around grave)

Last rites for Jane A. Delano. Representatives of government departmen...

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Arlington National Cemetery. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, side angle close-up

Arlington National Cemetery. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, side angle c...

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[Arlington National Cemetery] - Glass negative photogrpah. Public domain.

[Arlington National Cemetery] - Glass negative photogrpah. Public doma...

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[Tomb of Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia]

[Tomb of Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virg...

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[Edwin Denby, left, and memorial plaque, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia]

[Edwin Denby, left, and memorial plaque, Arlington National Cemetery, ...

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[Laying wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia]

[Laying wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Arlington National ...

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Group; J.J. Jusserand, Edwin Denby and memorial plaque, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Group; J.J. Jusserand, Edwin Denby and memorial plaque, Arlington Nati...

A black and white photo of a group of men, Library of Congress Harris and Ewing collection Date based on date of negatives in same range. Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General information about the Harris &... More

Georges Clemenceau with wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Georges Clemenceau with wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlingt...

A group of men standing in front of a building, Library of Congress Harris and Ewing collection Date based on date of negatives in same range. Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General information about the Har... More

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Lindbergh (Arlington Nat. Cemetery), 6/12/27

Lindbergh (Arlington Nat. Cemetery), 6/12/27

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Tomb of Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Tomb of Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virgi...

A black and white photo of a man laying a wreath, Library of Congress Harris and Ewing collection Date based on date of negatives in same range. Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General information about the H... More

Mrs. Hoover at Tomb. Mrs. Herbert Hoover, laying a spray of roses on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary, Armistice Day, Nov. 11.

Mrs. Hoover at Tomb. Mrs. Herbert Hoover, laying a spray of roses on t...

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Arlington National Cemetery. West end of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (close-up) I

Arlington National Cemetery. West end of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (...

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Arlington National Cemetery. Right side of approach to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Arlington National Cemetery. Right side of approach to Tomb of the Unk...

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Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater from mast of Maine

Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater ...

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The Embassy Motel - The Tichnor Brothers Postcard Collection

The Embassy Motel - The Tichnor Brothers Postcard Collection

1900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, Virginia on U. S. #1 just south of the 14th Street Bridge. An excellent motel ideally located adjacent to the Arlington Cemetery and National Monuments. Luxuriously furnish... More

[Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia]

[Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, ...

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Easter Sunrise Services at Arlington National Cemetary. General view of the Easter sunrise services at Arlington National Cemetary today which were attended by President and Mrs. Hoover and other high officials of the government. The services were held under the [...] of the Knights Templar, 3/27/32

Easter Sunrise Services at Arlington National Cemetary. General view o...

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[U.S.S. Maine Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia]

[U.S.S. Maine Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virgin...

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Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

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Group placing wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Group placing wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington Nationa...

A black and white photo of three people standing in front of a grave, Library of Congress Harris and Ewing collection Date based on date of negatives in same range. Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General inf... More

Cabinet members at Armistice Exercises. Postmaster General James A. Farley, left, photographed with Secretary and Mrs. Daniel C. Roper at the Armistice Day exercises at Arlington cemetery where President Roosevelt delivered an address at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 111135

Cabinet members at Armistice Exercises. Postmaster General James A. Fa...

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PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT SPEAKING ARMISTICE DAY AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT SPEAKING ARMISTICE DAY AT ARLINGTON CE...

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Memorial to Army and Navy Nurses. Washington, D.C., Nov. 8. A memorial was unveiled today at Arlington Cemetery dedicated to the memory of Army and Navy Nurses. The 11 foot tall monument was designed by Frances Rich, daughter of Irene Rich, famous movie actress, a nurse from the Army side, left and a nurse from the Navy side are shown placing a wreath just after the unveiling, 11/8/38

Memorial to Army and Navy Nurses. Washington, D.C., Nov. 8. A memorial...

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Arlington National Cemetery. Amphitheater, tulip time II

Arlington National Cemetery. Amphitheater, tulip time II

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US Air Force (USAF) CHIEF of STAFF (CS) General (GEN) John P. Jumper and his wife Ellen, center, greet retired Lieutenant Colonel (LCOL) Yvonne Bateman, who served as a World War II Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) during a private reception prior to the preview screening of the film "Above and Beyond: 100 Years of Women in Aviation." All were attending the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, in the Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), Arlington, Virginia

US Air Force (USAF) CHIEF of STAFF (CS) General (GEN) John P. Jumper a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Jim Varhegyi, USAF Release Status: Released t... More

Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. A woman watching Colonel Hammond lay the President's wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the Memorial Day services

Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. A woman watching Colonel Hamm...

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Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Stars and Stripes at the Memorial Day services

Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Stars and Stripes at the Memo...

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Kennedy gravesite below Lee-Custis Mansion at Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Kennedy gravesite below Lee-Custis Mansion at Arlington Cemetery, Arli...

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Memorial to nurses who died in the Spanish-American War at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia

Memorial to nurses who died in the Spanish-American War at Arlington C...

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Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Nationa...

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Women in the Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Women in the Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington Nation...

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An inter-service honor guard carries the body of retired five-star GEN Omar N. Bradley, USA, to his grave site, at Arlington Cemetery

An inter-service honor guard carries the body of retired five-star GEN...

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Joint-Service honor guards stand at attention during the funeral of GEN Omar Bradley

Joint-Service honor guards stand at attention during the funeral of GE...

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Air Force honor guards march out of the cemetery after the funeral of GEN Omar Bradley

Air Force honor guards march out of the cemetery after the funeral of ...

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An Air Force marching band and a joint services honor guard participate in the full honors funeral of GEN Nathan Twining, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF from 1957-1960, at Arlington National Cemetery

An Air Force marching band and a joint services honor guard participat...

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An Air Force honor guards pays final tribute to GEN Nathan Twining, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF from 1957-1960, at the full honors funeral at the Arlington National Cemetery

An Air Force honor guards pays final tribute to GEN Nathan Twining, ch...

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An Air Force bugler blows taps at the conclusion of the funeral service for GEN Nathan Twining, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF from 1957-1960, at Arlington National Cemetery

An Air Force bugler blows taps at the conclusion of the funeral servic...

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A joint services color guard participates in the full honors funeral for GEN Nathan Twining, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF from 1957-1960, Arlington National Cemetery

A joint services color guard participates in the full honors funeral f...

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French CHIEF of Naval Operations ADM Lannuzel salutes during ceremonies, involving the Navy Ceremonial Guard, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

French CHIEF of Naval Operations ADM Lannuzel salutes during ceremonie...

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French CHIEF of Naval Operations ADM Lannuzel, third from left, salutes John F. Kennedy's grave site

French CHIEF of Naval Operations ADM Lannuzel, third from left, salute...

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A wreath placed in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery honors the 1ST Cavalry Division

A wreath placed in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlingt...

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A wreath laying ceremony in honor of the the 1ST Cavalry Division takes place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

A wreath laying ceremony in honor of the the 1ST Cavalry Division take...

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LT. COL. Fash, a Protestant chaplain, receives the flag from SENIOR AIRMAN Hawkins during a funeral ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery. Fash will present the flag to the family of the deceased

LT. COL. Fash, a Protestant chaplain, receives the flag from SENIOR AI...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Dennis G. Plummer Release Status: Relea... More

Members of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard stand at attention as Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Daniel Good holds the folded flag during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery for LCDR James T. Ruffin. Ruffin was listed as missing-in-action after failing to return from flying a mission off the coast of North Vietnam on Feb. 18, 1966

Members of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard stand at attention as Boatsw...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Duane Heaton Release Status: Released to Publi... More

A member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) salutes the flag-draped coffin of LCDR James T. Ruffin, as the Navy Ceremonial Guard lifts its onto a horse-drawn caisson during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery. LCDR Ruffin was listed as missing-in-action after failing to return from flying a mission off the coast of North Vietnam on Feb. 18, 1966

A member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) salutes the flag-dra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Duane Heaton Release Status: Released to Publi... More

The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard marches toward the burial site at Arlington National Cemetery during the funeral ceremony for LT. CMDR. James T. Ruffin. Ruffin was listed as missing-in-action after failing to return from flying a mission off the coast of North Vietnam on Feb. 18, 1966

The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard marches toward the burial site at Arlin...

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A wreath laying ceremony involving all the branches of the military takes place in honor of the Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War. The flag draped casket will be transported aboard the frigate USS BREWTON (FF 1086) to Alameda, California. Its final destination will be the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

A wreath laying ceremony involving all the branches of the military ta...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Al Chang Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

A joint services casket team carries the flag-draped casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era toward the frigate USS BREWTON (FF 1086), at the conclusion of a wreath-laying ceremony. The casket will be transported to California and then transferred to Arlington National Cemetery for interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns

A joint services casket team carries the flag-draped casket of the Unk...

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A cannon salute honors the arrival of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. The Unknown will be taken to the Capitol, where he will lie in state until Memorial Day, followed by a state funeral and interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Memorial Cemetery

A cannon salute honors the arrival of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Firanack Release Status: Released... More

Elevated view of the flag-draped casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era, attended by a Joint Services Guard of Honor in the US Capitol rotunda. The body will lie in state until May 28th, when a state funeral service will be held in the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery. Internment will follow at the Tomb of the Unknowns

Elevated view of the flag-draped casket of the Unknown Serviceman of t...

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A joint services casket team carries the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era across the runway apron to a C-141B Starlifter aircraft for a flight to Washington, District of Columbia. The Unknown will lie in state in the Capitol building until Memorial Day, when he will be interred at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery

A joint services casket team carries the casket of the Unknown Service...

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The changing of the guard takes place as the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era lies in state in the Capitol rotunda. The Unknown will lie in state until Memorial Day, when he will be taken to Arlington National Cemetery for a state funeral service and internment at the Tomb of the Unknowns

The changing of the guard takes place as the Unknown Serviceman of the...

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A joint services honor guard marches in the funeral procession honoring the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. The procession is moving toward the Arlington National Cemetery where a state funeral service will be held in the Memorial Amphitheater, followed by interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns

A joint services honor guard marches in the funeral procession honorin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Glen D. Plummer, USAF Release Status: Release... More

President Ronald Reagan, right, and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, left, attend the state funeral for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. The service is being held in the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater, followed by interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns

President Ronald Reagan, right, and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinbe...

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Army servicmen march in formation in the funeral procession honoring the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. The procession is en route to Arlington National Cemetery where a state funeral service will be held in the Memorial Amphitheater, followed by interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns

Army servicmen march in formation in the funeral procession honoring t...

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A large-scale replica of the U.S. Army Medal of Honor that is on display in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery

A large-scale replica of the U.S. Army Medal of Honor that is on displ...

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A 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard) caisson detail waits at the East Plaza of the Capitol for the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era to be carried out of the rotunda. The serviceman will be transported to Arlington National Cemetery for a state funeral service and interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns

A 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard) caisson detail waits at the East Pla...

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President Ronald Reagan looks on as a joint services casket team prepares to carry the flag-draped casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era out of the Memorial Amphitheater, during the state funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery. The serviceman will be interred at the Tomb of the Unknowns

President Ronald Reagan looks on as a joint services casket team prepa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SMSGT D. Sutherland Release Status: Released to Pu... More

A joint services casket team lifts the flag from the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era during the internment ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery. A joint services color guard is in the background

A joint services casket team lifts the flag from the casket of the Unk...

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A joint services casket team holds the flag above the casket, as chaplains representing the various services participate in the interment service for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery

A joint services casket team holds the flag above the casket, as chapl...

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Pallbearers prepare to lift the casket bearing the remains of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era from the caisson. The casket will be taken into the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater for a state funeral service, followed by interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns

Pallbearers prepare to lift the casket bearing the remains of the Unkn...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SMSGT Donald Sutherland Release Status: Released t... More

Elevated view of the interment ceremony for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. A joint services color guard and casket team are taking part in the ceremony

Elevated view of the interment ceremony for the Unknown Serviceman of ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mickey Sanborn Release Status: Released to Public ... More

The flag-draped casket of Major (MAJ) Nicholson is carried by an honor guard escorted caisson through Arlington National Cemetery. Nicholson was shot and killed while on duty in East Berlin

The flag-draped casket of Major (MAJ) Nicholson is carried by an honor...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combine... More

A view of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

A view of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemete...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Jane E. Rackley Release Status: Released to Public... More

A view of the Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery

A view of the Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Jane E. Rackley Release Status: Released to Public... More

Members of the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) participate in the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

Members of the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) participate in the changin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Jane E. Rackley Release Status: Released to Pu... More

Members of the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) order arms during the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

Members of the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) order arms during the chan...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Jane E. Rackley Release Status: Released to Pu... More

A member of the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) stands for inspection during the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

A member of the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) stands for inspection dur...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Jane E. Rackley Release Status: Released to Pu... More

An aerial view of a section of Arlington National Cemetery

An aerial view of a section of Arlington National Cemetery

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia(VA) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Ken Hammond Release Status: Released to Public ... More

President George H.W. Bush speaks at a morning service at Arlington National Cemetery. The service begins the National Victory Celebration which is being held in honor of the Allied forces' liberation of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm

President George H.W. Bush speaks at a morning service at Arlington Na...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT H.H. D... More

Rear view of the Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard marching in formation towards the Tomb of the Unknowns during Veterans Day ceremonies. In front of the sailors are members of the U.S. Army Third Infantry, the Old Guard

Rear view of the Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard marching in formation tow...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington National Cemetery State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 John Sokolowski Release Stat... More

The Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard Officer-In-Charge comes to attention during Veterans Day ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns

The Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard Officer-In-Charge comes to attention d...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington National Cemetery State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 John Sokolowski Release Stat... More

Two members of the U.S. Army Third Infantry, the Old Guard, are on sentry duty at the Tomb of the Unknowns prior to the Veterans Day ceremonies. The soldier on the left is carrying an M-14 .308 caliber rifle

Two members of the U.S. Army Third Infantry, the Old Guard, are on sen...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington National Cemetery State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 John Sokolowski Release Stat... More

President William Jefferson Clinton places a large wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during a Veterans Day ceremony. He is being assisted by a member of the U.S. Army Third Infantry, the Old Guard

President William Jefferson Clinton places a large wreath at the Tomb ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington National Cemetery State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 John Sokolowski Release Stat... More

A view of the memorial to the battleship USS MAINE (BB-2). The memorial is composed of the main mast of the battleship MAINE which was sunk in Havana Harbor in February 1898 and led to the Spanish-American War

A view of the memorial to the battleship USS MAINE (BB-2). The memoria...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington National Cemetery State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status... More

A view across the slopes of the cemetery

A view across the slopes of the cemetery

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington National Cemetery State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status... More

U.S. Air Force 50th Anniversary Ceremony. The official party: Secretary of the Air Force Sheila Widnall; Air Force CHIEF of STAFF Ronald Fogelman; Assistant Vice CHIEF of STAFF LT. General Newton; Chaplain William Dendinder; and CHIEF MASTER Sergeant of the Air Force Davis Campanale are escorted by an Honor Guardsman from Bolling AFB for the Wreath Laying Ceremony

U.S. Air Force 50th Anniversary Ceremony. The official party: Secretar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington National Cemetery State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT. Michael D. Parker Ii Relea... More

United States Air Force Color Guard walk along a red carpet placed on the tarmac at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. They carry the remains of USAF First Lieutenant Michael Blassie. 1LT Blassie was shot down and killed in South Vietnam on May 11th, 1972. A mix up with dog tags and body identification led the remains listed as Unknown and buried in the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery (Not shown). Using DNA testing on May 14th, 1998, the remains were identified as those of 1LT Blassie and services were held in his honor. This image is seen in the September 1998 edition of AIRMAN Magazine

United States Air Force Color Guard walk along a red carpet placed on ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Scott Air Force Base State: Illinois (IL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Val Gempis, USAF Release Status: R... More

Marines from the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

Marines from the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

Marines from the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. (8th and I); "The President's Own" United States Marine Band; and the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon participate in the full honors ... More

Members of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

Members of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

Members of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) carry the casket out of the Old Post Chapel during the full honors service for Army Air Forces 1st. Lt. Francis Pitonyak at Arlington National Cemetery, ... More

A view of Arlington National Cemetery, located in Arlington, Virginia (VA)

A view of Arlington National Cemetery, located in Arlington, Virginia ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington National Cemetery State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: ACC Scene Camera Operator: M... More

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