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Mon Oct 30, 2017, 06:08 AM

Survey: Do you want Arlington National Cemetery to encroach on the Marine Corps War Memorial?

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2017/10/29/survey-do-you-want-arlington-national-cemetery-to-encroach-on-the-marine-corps-war-memorial/

Survey: Do you want Arlington National Cemetery to encroach on the Marine Corps War Memorial?

By: Jeff Schogol    20 hours ago

Arlington National Cemetery wants to hear from Marines, other service members and veterans regarding a possible cemetery expansion that could encroach on the Marine Corps War Memorial. The cemetery currently holds more than 7,000 funeral services a year, according to a survey Arlington National Cemetery is conducting on expansion options. At the current rate, the cemetery will reach its capacity in the next 25 years.

Two possible expansion projects are being considered, one of which would add 37 acres of now-private land near the Air Force Memorial and the now-closed Navy Annex, said cemetery spokeswoman Kerry Meeker. If approved, the expansion would allow the cemetery to remain open through the mid-2050s, she said.
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The survey does not elaborate on how the Marine Corps War Memorial or other bordering areas might be affected by the proposed project. Dedicated on Nov. 10, 1954, the memorial shows Marines raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 19, 1945. The scene was immortalized in a Pulitzer Prize-winning picture by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.

Arlington National Cemetery is conducting the survey as part of a national dialogue on whether to make the cemetery larger or change the eligibility requirements for who can be buried there, Meeker said.

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Response to nitpicker (Original post)

Tue Oct 31, 2017, 01:09 AM

1. I have been to Arlington, it's an important and historic place

Before I read through this, I thought it wasn't a good idea, but after reading I can see the point. If they're running out of room, it does make sense - there is no other place like this in the country and it's important to keep it viable for as long as we can.

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Wed Nov 8, 2017, 09:29 PM

2. I say expand, but limit future internees to K.I.A.

At some point Arlington will no longer be viable, but that day is not yet here.

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