Department of Veterans Affairs

Consolidated Cemeteries

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Arlington Cemetery can benefit from a change in policy for storing remains. This policy should allow cemetary owners to consolidate graves over 100 years old. Consolidation can be done in different ways relating to at least 2 factors, the number of graves and the size of the cemetary. Stacking coffins in some instances, should be allowed. Cemeteries as large as the Arlington National Cementery can benefit emensily if remains over 100 years are placed in consollidated graves arranged, for example, as theater seating, in symetric rows, curved facing the rising sun. We can celebrate the person whose remains are there and free space for other fallen heros.


For those Americans who know where their loved ones are buried, in Arlington Cementery, if possible, invite them to come to Arlington Cemetery and identify their loved one's resting place.



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Idea No. 17663