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Arlington National Cemetery celebrates 150th anniversary

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:17

May 13 - The family of the first soldier buried at Arlington National Cemetery attends a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the historic site. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Arlington National Cemetery opened five weeks of commemoration of its 150th anniversary Tuesday (May 13) with a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of U.S. Army Pvt. William Christman, the first military burial at the site. Christman was buried May 13, 1864 after catching a case of the measles. One month later the land was officially designated as a military cemetery. Some of Christman's descendants, including great-great grandnephews and nieces - attended the ceremony and placed a wreath at his grave. This is the first of several events, including lectures, tours and a tribute program, that the cemetery is planning as part of its commemoration events. The celebration will conclude with a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder June 16, the day the land was officially designated a national cemetery. Arlington Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 who have served their country and their families. It is host to as many as thirty funerals a day - nearly 7,000 a year.

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Arlington National Cemetery celebrates 150th anniversary

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:17