Arlington National Cemetery dates from the American Civil War and contains war graves of many wars in which America participated, as the First and Second World War and the Korea War and Vietnam. It is also used to bury veterans of these wars. In 2016, there were in total more than 400,000 graves in this cemetery. Besides these graves, many memorials can be found in honor of casualties, battles and regiments.
Many great names are buried on Arlington National Cemetery. Amongst them are John F. Kennedy, Abner Doubleday, Omar Nelson Bradley, Frank J. Fletcher, William "Bull" Halsey, Audie Murphy, Robert F. Sink and Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV.
It also contains 11 Commonwealth war graves from World War I and 21 from World War II and four Dutch war graves of the Second World War.
The National Cemeteries in the U.S.A. are used for war graves, graves of U.S. military personnel, veterans and their spouses but not exclusively so. There are also special state veteran cemeteries.
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- Text: Fedor de Vries & Paul Moerenhout
- Photos: Anneke & Paul Moerenhout
- ATKINSON, RICK, Where Valor Rests, National Geographic Society, Washington, 2009.
- ROBERT M. POOLE, On Hallowed Ground, Walker & Company, New York, 2009.