150 years and still serving

Arlington National Cemetery turned 150 years old this week.  The cemetery holds over 300,000 graves and adds roughly 25 graves per day.  It is, of course, the location of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as being the final resting place of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Edward “Ted” Kennedy, and thousands of others, including:

Ruby Bradley, most decorated woman in U.S. military history

Roger Chaffee and Gus Grissom, astronauts who died in the Apollo 1 fire

Juliet Opie Hopkins, known as the Florence Nightingale of the South

Mark Matthews, last Buffalo Soldier

Francis Gary Powers, U2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union

Thomas Selfridge, first person to die in the crash of a powered aircraft

Charles Young, first African-American colonel in the U.S. Army

150 Years at Arlington

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