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  • Arlington National Cemetery

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    Since May of 1864, Arlington National Cemetery has served as the nation's premier military cemetery and shrine honoring those men and women who served in the Armed Forces. Today, the National Cemetery is involved with the burial of military casualties from the Iraqi and Afghanistan war fronts, as well as World War II veterans. Overall, Arlington National Cemetery conducts between 27 and 30 services each weekday and between 6 and 8 services on ... more

  • Burial and Memorial Benefits Overview

    Soldiers Plant Flags at Arlington Cemetery

    From burial in Arlington National Cemetery to a Presidential Memorial Certificate, there are several ways our nation honors its deceased veterans. The VA can provide free headstones and even a cash allowance to help with expenses. See our detailed pages on these and other benefits provided when a veteran dies. Detailed Information About Military Funeral Honors The VA Burial Allowance Burial Flags Burial Preparations Every... more

  • Overview: Burial and Memorial Benefits

    Burial in a VA national cemetery is available for veterans, spouses and dependents at no cost and includes the gravesite, grave-liner, opening and closing of the grave, a headstone or marker, and perpetual care as part of a national shrine. Honorably discharged veterans and retirees are eligible for an inscribed headstone or marker for their unmarked grave at any cemetery at no cost. United States burial flags are generally furnished by the VA... more

  • Man Kills Himself at Arlington National Cemetery

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    A man shot and killed himself this morning at Arlington National Cemetery, police confirmed. "It appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Dustin Sternbeck, a spokesman for the Arlington County Police Department, said in a telephone interview with Military.com. The victim's name and age hasn't been released, pending notification of next of kin, officials said. It wasn't immediately clear whether he was a military veteran. A weapon o... more

  • Convoy of Wreaths Departs for Arlington National Cemetery

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    COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine -- A convoy of a dozen trucks carrying wreaths made in Maine departed Sunday for Arlington National Cemetery, where the greenery will adorn the graves of military veterans. A box truck and 11 tractor-trailers left Columbia Falls with the bulk of the 248,000 wreaths that will be placed on gravesites in Arlington, said Susan Patten, a spokeswoman for Wreaths Across America. The convoy was making stops in five Maine commun... more

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