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Arlington Cemetery Prepares to Expand

February 18, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Arlington National Cemetery is expanding by 60 acres to make room to receive another generation of honored dead.

Cemetery planners rely on demographics and topography to predict that the expansion, the first since the '60s, will add 35 years to the life of Arlington cemetery, allowing it to accept fallen warriors until 2060. There should be room for 350,000 more veterans, dignitaries and unforeseen heroes, an average of 6,000 per year.

As millions of World War II's fighters age, burials are expected to increase annually over the next five or six years.

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