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'Arlington Ladies' Honor Fallen Veterans by Attending Every Funeral at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery, located in Arlington, Virginia, is the burial grounds for more than 300,000 people. Veterans from all the United States' wars -- from the American Revolution through the Iraq and Afghanistan wars -- are buried there.

There is an average of 28 funerals each day at Arlington National Cemetery, and Joayn Bahr, part of a group called the Arlington Ladies, says there are many instances where the deceased's family members are unable to come due to health considerations or the distance they must travel. That is where the Arlington Ladies enter the picture.

"We never want anyone who has given their life or their service to this country to be forgotten," Bahr told CBS News. To honor each current or former U.S. service member laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery and ensure that no veteran is laid to rest without a civilian witness, at least one of the 65 Arlington Ladies attends every single burial at the cemetery. 

CBS News reports that all of the 65 Arlington Ladies have either served in the military or are related to someone who has, and that the group has been honoring fallen veterans since 1948. Following each funeral, Bahr, who is an Army representative from the Arlington Ladies, gives a note to the family from the Army chief of staff and his wife, as well as her own personal letter expressing "thanks, comfort, and understanding."

Thank you, Arlington Ladies!

Posted by Bruce Carton on June 1, 2011 at 04:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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