Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) is the United States of America’s (U.S.) most hallowed ground. It is located in Arlington, Virginia, overlooking the picturesque Potomac River, the The Pentagon, the White House, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol.

ANC was established on June 15, 1864, during the American Civil War, by Union General Montgomery C. Meigs, for use as a military cemetery. Up until 1861, the property was the residence, Custis-Lee Mansion (Arlington House), of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his wife Mary Randolph Custis. But they lost the property when the Commonwealth of Virginia aligned with the Confederacy and seceded from the Union. Shortly thereafter, Union troops occupied the property as a strategic military position.

General Miegs facilitated the establishment of ANC in order to prevent General Lee and his family from ever returning to their residence; as a permanent slight for siding with the Confederacy. And as a final act of defiance, General Meigs and some of his family were interred near Arlington House.

ANC has become the place where the U.S. has enshrined its citizen-heroes. Although they came from every part of society, from farmers to politicians, athletes to scientists, doctors to explorers, musicians to educators, they shared a common bond of military service.

ANC is home to:

and the final resting place for many historical figures, including:

and former Tomb Guards:

Please visit the official ANC website for additional information.