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Arlington National Cemetery wins national historic status

Arlington National Cemetery Historic District has officially been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service (NPS) announced it had approved the application last week. The cemetery, in Arlington, Va..across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, was established during the Civil War.

It won historic status because it stands a as memorial to the nation's military history and many significant historic figures are buried there, including presidents, Supreme Court justices and military leaders. Soldiers from wars starting with the Civil War going right through to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried there. The official address is 1 Memorial Ave.

The grounds also include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Robert E. Lee Memorial and the house where Lee's family lived.