The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon helps conduct a Full Honors Group Funeral Service for U.S. Army Air Forces Airmen missing from World War II in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, June 27, 2018.

U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery running out of space, annexing more

August 20, 2018 - 5:28 pm

Arlington National Cemetery is running out of room.  But not for long.

The nation's most hallowed grounds across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., will run out of room for interments within the next 25 years.  To solve the problem, the Army Corps of Engineers is proposing annexing 70 acres to the south of the cemetary, opening an area for another 40,000-60,000 internments, allowing the cemetary to remain open and active into the 2050s.

Arlington National Cemetary conducts an average of 150 funeral services per week.  

The cemetary - known for it's peaceful rolling green hills, dotted with small white headstones honoring our dead - is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the graves of President John F. Kennedy and his brothers Robert and Ted, Supreme Court justices, war memorials and the Robert E. Lee Arlington mansion. 

U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery

The existing Air Force Memorial would be incorporated into the cemetary

Officially called the Army National Military Cemeteries, it consists of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia and Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

The plan is now out for public comment.