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The Arlington National Cemetery is located on the Potomac Riverdirectly across Washington In 1864 it became a military cemeteryPresidents William Taft and John F Kennedy are both buried hereOverlooking the cemetery grounds is the Arlington House a nineteenthcentury mansion built in memory of George Washington Over 240000service members and their dependents are buried here This cemetery isassociated with a wide array of beliefs The Cemeterys Columbarium forcremated remains provides 50000 niches and is located in the southeastsection about a half mile from the Memorial Gate Because of the spacelimitation ground burial is very restricted The criteria for theColumbarium is extended to all honorably discharged veterans When walking in the cemetery I was overwhelmed by the number oftombstones in front of me Although the ground seemed crowded thetombstones were placed far enough apart to form an isle enabling peopleto walk through Most headstones were facing upward however there weresections in which they are flat There was not enough room for seatingarrangements and benches however people were often sitting in front ofthe tomb stone praying and leaving flowers There are two mausoleumlocated in the cemetery known as the Miles Massoleum located in Section3 belonging to the Miles family and Section 1 belonging to the family ofGeneral Thomas Crook Sullivan I came across the headstone of a World War 2 US Marine named JohnBasilone He was born on November 4 1916 and died on February 19 1945This headstone is about 2 and a half feet tall around the height of mywaist On this headstone there is a star symbolizing the medal ofhonor Under the star is a description of who John Basilone was GeneralSergeant of the US Marine Corps during World War 2 Surrounding thestone there was an arrangement of rocks holding up a yellow flower Theheadstone of Francis Z Lupo was about a foot smaller in height He was aPrivate for the US ARMY in World War 1 Above his name there is across
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