U.S. Marks 150th Anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery
   2014-06-16 15:07:01    Xinhua      Web Editor: Yangyang

An evening musical tribute is held in Arlington, Virginia, the United States, June 15, 2014, to mark the 150th founding anniversary of the national cemetery there. The event included five scenes, displaying establishment of the cemetery, early history and development, mid-20th century changes, the end of the 20th century and contemporary times. Service songs, the changing of the guard, and a wreath ceremony were also staged during the event. [Photo: Xinhua/Bao Dandan]

An evening musical tribute was held Sunday in Arlington in the State of Virginia, to mark the 150th anniversary of the national cemetery.

The event included five scenes, displaying establishment of the cemetery, early history and development, mid-20th century changes, the end of the 20th century and contemporary times.

Service songs, the changing of the guard, and a wreath ceremony were also staged during the event.

"The history of Arlington national cemetery is the history of America, the final resting place for the heroes and patriots who built, preserved and protected our nation," said Secretary of the Army John McHugh in a statement for the event.

Since 1864 when the bloodshed of the Civil War was sending Washington more dead soldiers than it had graves for, Arlington has been the country's most renowned military burial ground.

The first military burial at Arlington was on May 13, 1864. The establishment of burials was formally authorized on June 15. Tens of thousands of military figures and others, of all ranks, have been laid to rest beneath regiments of white tombstones in the cemetery.

Over time, Arlington has become a place of national mourning, intimate grief and personal pilgrimage, a venue for solemn memorial pageantry and great solitude for the United States.

Although each of Arlington's 400,000-plus graves marks a tragedy of death, the cemetery serves as an index of American biography.

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