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USS Monitor Sailors to be Interred

On February 12, 2013, Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, announced that the two sailors recovered from the remains of USS Monitor are to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on March 8, 2013, with full military honors.

The March 8 graveside interment will take place in Section 46 of Arlington National Cemetery, between the amphitheater and the USS Main Mast memorial. The graveside service will be open to the public, and it should begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. However, members of the public will not be involved in and/or participate directly in the funeral procession or graveside service. Click here for more information.

In 2002, during the joint NOAA and U.S. Navy recovery expeditions of the USS Monitor, two United States sailors were discovered inside the turret of the Civil War ironclad. Since their recovery, the remains have been at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii. JPAC and the Navy have been working to identify these two men.

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More information on Arlington National Cemetery.

Read more about the sailors who were lost when the USS Monitor sank.


Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery is both the most hallowed burial ground of our Nation's fallen and one of the most visited tourist sites in the Washington, DC, area. A fully operational national cemetery since May 1864, Arlington National Cemetery conducts an average of 27 funerals each workday--final farewells to fallen heroes from the fronts of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to veterans of World War II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam and the Cold War and their family members.

The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served the nation and their families by providing a sense of beauty and peace. The rolling green hills are dotted with trees (some that are older than the cemetery itself), monuments and gardens throughout the 624 developed acres of the cemetery. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual and their families laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

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