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Sailor and girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C.
Sailor and girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C., 1943

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National Cemeteries Were Authorized by the U.S. Government
July 17, 1862

Of all the national cemeteries in the U.S., Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, is the best known. Soldiers who died in battle, other war veterans, U.S. presidents, and government leaders are all buried there. Arlington National Cemetery also includes the Tomb of the Unknowns, a tomb in honor of the people who lay unidentified on battlefields from wars fought for freedom and independence.
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