Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, is a military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna (Custis) Lee, a great grand-daughter of Martha Washington.
The cemetery is situated directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In an area of 624 acres, veterans and military casualties from each of the nation’s wars are interred in the cemetery, ranging from the American Civil War through to the military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pre-Civil War dead were reinterred after 1900. The first soldier to be buried in Arlington was Private William Henry Christman of Pennsylvania on May 13, 1864.
As of May 2006, there were 367 Medal of Honor recipients buried in Arlington National Cemetery, nine of whom are Canadian.
Among the most frequently visited sites in the cemetery is the grave of President John F. Kennedy, who is buried with his wife, Jacqueline, and two of their children. His remains were interred there on March 14, 1967, a reinterment from his original Arlington burial site, some 20 feet away, where he was buried in November 1963. The grave is marked with the “eternal flame”. The remains of his brothers, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, are buried nearby.
Please note that the cemetery does not provide wheelchairs or strollers and if you require this service you will need to bring your own.
Only bottled water is allowed in the Welcome Center and on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Visitors are encouraged to bring water. Water fountains are located in the Welcome Center, near the JFK gravesite and at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Bottled water is available for purchase at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial.