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Arlington National Cemetery

Explore the history, mission and daily operations of Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. This revered place honors the dead and brings great meaning to the living.

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More about Arlington National Cemetery's History

Learn more about the history of Arlington National Cemetery on our local history blog, Boundary Stones.

Burial of unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, November 11, 1921. (Source: U.S. Army)
Dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

On November 11, 1921, three years to the day after the armistice that ended World War I, President Warren G. Harding presided over the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. It was an emotional affair for Washington and the nation.

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Ignacy Jan Paderewski
The Strange Arlington Saga of Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Allow us to introduce you to one of Poland's greatest heroes, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who took a hiatus from his career as a world-renowned pianist and composer to serve as that nation's first Prime Minister. What does this have to do with Arlington National Cemetery? Quite a lot, actually.

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Unveiling of the Confederate Memorial in Arlington Cemetery, June 4, 1914.
Civil War Healing at Arlington National Cemetery

On a warm, sunny day in June of 1914, a crowd of thousands gathered to witness the unveiling of a unique new memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. What was it and why were so many people clamoring to see it?

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Dignitaries with casket of Unknown Soldier
Arlington's First Official Unknown Soldier

The story of how the first official unknown soldier from World War I was selected for burial in the graves alongside Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a strange one.

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Related Audio Feature from Classical WETA 90.9 FM

Arlington National Cemetery inspires all sorts of internal reflection and artistic expression, even opera as Classical WETA 90.9 FM host Nicole Lacroix found out.

Arlington Sons

Nicole Lacroix talks with the creators of the new operatic scene, Arlington Sons.