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Arlington National Cemetery

America's primary national military cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery
Photo: National Park Service

Memorial Drive at Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22211
United States
(703) 607-8000

On This Very Spot Robert E. Lee and family lived from 1831 until he resigned from the U.S. Army in 1861 to join the Confederacy. After the war started, Lee's wife and family fled South. The land was occupied by Union troops and used for military purposes throughout the war. At the end of the war, the land was appropriated for use as a military cemetery.

On This Very Spot, electric power pioneer George Westinghouse, a Civil War veteran, was buried following his death on March 12, 1914 at the age of 67.

On This Very Spot former president and Supreme Court Chief Justice William Howard Taft was buried following his death on March 8, 1930. His grave can be found in Section 30, Grave S-14, Grid YZ-39/40.

On This Very Spot President John F. Kennedy was buried following his assassination on November 22, 1963. His grave is marked by an eternal flame.

On This Very Spot former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren was buried following his death on July 9, 1974.

On This Very Spot former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was buried following his death on January 24, 1993.

On This Very Spot on July 19, 1999, former U. S. astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad was buried following his death from a motorcycle accident. Conrad was the commander of the 1969 Apollo 12 mission and the third man to walk on the moon. His grave is in Section 11, Grave 113-3.

On This Very Spot is buried Army general and first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Omar Bradley following his death on April 8, 1981.

On This Very Spot is buried the commander of American forces in World War I and the first General of the Army, John Pershing, following his death on July 15, 1948.

On This Very Spot is buried the American U-2 Pilot, Francis Gary Powers, who had been shot done over the Soviet Union in 1960. He was buried here after his death on August 1, 1977.

On This Very Spot is buried the most decorated combat soldier of World War II and movie actor Audie Murphy following his death on May 28, 1971.

Bonus Spot! On the grounds of Arlington National Cemetary is found Arlington House, Robert E. Lee's pre-war home.

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Submitted By:  David Allison

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Location: In Arlington, Virginia near Washington D.C.

Nearest Major Airport: Washington D.C.

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