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Originally intended to be a memorial for George Washington (through the Arlington House), the Arlington National Cemetery quickly became a military graveyard for those who served in the American Civil War. It is one of the most notable and well known sites of the sort in the country, with the vast amount of popular figures who are laid to rest in the area.

The Arlington National Cemetery measures 624 acres of land right across the Potomac River. Being a massive military cemetery, it is divided into 70 sections. Servicemen who died in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried in section 60.

An annex of the Arlington National Cemetery has been acquired in 2005, adding 61 acres to the total area of the cemetery.
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