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Arlington National Cemetery Changes Policy on Family Tributes

Arlington National Cemetery Changes Policy on Family Tributes

Arlington National Cemetery is changing its policy so that family members of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan can leave small mementos and photos at their graves, which are in Section 60. 

Formerly, the cemetery’s policy was that only veterans’ organizations were allowed to act in this fashion.

The cemetery’s website states:

Tributes, which include plaques, medals, and statues, will be accepted only from those veterans organizations listed in the Directory of Veterans Organizations and State Department of Veterans Organizations published annually by the Veterans Administration or those substantially similar in nature.

Cemetery spokeswoman Jennifer Lynch said that Section 60 families worked out a compromise with cemetery officials at an October 6 meeting. The current plan holds for the autumn and winter months; it will be reviewed to see if it can be made more permanent.

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