Veterans

January 29, 2014

Arlington Cemetery expansion continues into Fort Myer South Post

An Arlington, Va., aerial view from the mid 1960s, shows the Pentagon and Fort Myer’s South Post (left). Later in the decade, until the mid 1970s, South Post buildings were leveled as Arlington National Cemetery took over the base land for burial expansion. A portion of Fort Myer’s former South Post is where Section 60 is located.

With the construction of the Millennium Project and the Navy Annex expansion, burials at Arlington National Cemetery and inurnments will be available to veterans and service members for the next half century.

Just four decades ago, the need for additional hallowed ground was of paramount importance as aging World War I and World War II veterans passed away and the Vietnam War fallen were brought home from Southeast Asia.

From 1968 to 1975, Arlington National Cemetery, or ANC, incrementally took over Fort Myer’s South Post, an area which encompassed land from Memorial Drive to today’s ANC maintenance buildings. A parcel of land that once belonged to South Post is now Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 60 – eternal home to many service members and veterans who perished at the Pentagon during the 9/11 attack and in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The first military burial at Arlington took place May 13, 1864, and the original cemetery grounds held close to just 200 acres. Each weekday, an average of 25 to 30 funerals originate from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Old Post Chapel and Memorial Chapel as well as ANC’s administrative building.

The 624-acre cemetery, which contains nearly six dozen sections, is observing its 150th anniversary this year.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by TSgt. Anthony Nelson

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders receive Congressional Gold Medal

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Anthony Nelson Retired Lt. Gen. John “Jack” Hudson, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force director, accepts the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders April 15, 2...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SSgt. Alex Montes

WWII veteran reunites with former aircraft

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Alex Montes Retired Lt. Col. Alston Daniels beams as he sits in the cockpit of a Douglas C-47D Skytrain for the first time since 1962 April 7, 2015, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Daniels flew ...
 
 
Navy photograph by PO1 Katherine Hofman

DOD to disinter USS Oklahoma unaccounted for service members

Navy photograph by PO1 Katherine Hofman PO2 Rick Baty, assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, plays Taps honoring fallen sailors of the USS Oklahoma during the National Park Service annual USS Oklahoma Memorial ceremony. This...
 

 

VA extends program for veterans with traumatic brain injury

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced April 13 the award of 20 contracts for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Originally slated to end in 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 extended this program through October 2017. We are pleased to extend this valuable program and...
 
 
Air Force photograph

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Air Force photograph The USS Hornet had 16 U.S. Army Air Forces North American B-25B Mitchells on deck, ready for the Tokyo Raid on April 18, 1942. Seventy-three years ago, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off fr...
 
 
Army photograph by Patrick Bloodgood

Over 27,000 burial sites to open at Arlington next year

Army photograph by Patrick Bloodgood Construction crews move dirt and prepare the ground at the Arlington National Cemetery Millennium Expansion Project, Feb. 19, 2014. The project also involves restoring an impaired stream tha...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>