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Arlington, Virginia, USA - Curtis Lee Mansion

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The Pentagon building in Arlington is the largest office building in the world.

The tomb of the Unknown Soldier is in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Arlington, Virginia, USA

Curtis Lee Mansion

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Arlington Memorial Amphitheatre

The Arlington Memorial Amphitheater is a significant and historic venue located in Arlington National Cemetery. It serves as the site for various ceremonies, memorial services, and events, particularly those honoring veterans and fallen soldiers. The amphitheater is known for its distinctive neoclassical architecture and its prominent location within the cemetery.

The amphitheater was designed in a Greek Revival architectural style, featuring columns, statues, and a central stage area. The design is reminiscent of ancient Greek and Roman theaters, evoking a sense of solemnity and reverence.

The amphitheater was dedicated in 1920 as a place to hold ceremonies and events to honor those who have served in the military and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It is a place for reflection, commemoration, and remembrance.

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery

The tomb contains the remains of unidentified soldiers from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a well-known and solemn tradition that takes place daily.

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  • News  1864 - June 15 – Arlington National Cemetery is established in the United States
    when 200 acres (0.81 km2) of the grounds of Robert E. Lee's home Arlington House are officially set aside as a military cemetery by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
    June 15, 1864
  • 1895 - Arlington
    Arlington, a post-village of Alexandria co., Va., on the Washington & Ohio Railroad, 5 miles N.W. of Alexandria, and 3 miles from Washington, D.C. It has 3 churches. Near here are two national cemeteries, containing the graves of nearly 16,000 soldiers.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • 1916
    Arlington, a post-village of Alexandria co., Va., on the Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric R., 5 miles NW. of Alexandria and 3 miles from Washington, D.C. Near here is a beautiful National Cemetery, containing the graves of about 18,000 soldiers. The place was the property of George Washington Parke Custis and subsequently of General Robert E. Lee. Arlington House, a fine example of colonial architecture, commands a superb view of the city of Washington. - Pop. about 500.
    Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
  • 1941 to 1943 - Pentagon Built
    1941-1943 - Pentagon built in Arlington. The construction of the Pentagon was ordered by Brigadier General Brehon Sommervell. It was to consolidate 17 War Department buildings and cost $83 million dollars. resources/state-history-timeline/ virginia.html
  • News  1943 - January 15 - The world's largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
    The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. It is one of the world's largest office buildings and serves as a symbol of the U.S. military's command and control structure. The Pentagon was completed in 1943 and is known for its distinctive five-sided shape, with five concentric rings of offices and corridors. It houses various military departments, offices, and agencies, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and various branches of the armed forces. The building also includes a large central courtyard and is a significant landmark in American military and government history.
    January 15, 1943

  • 2023 - Whether you're a history buff, nature lover, foodie, or simply looking for a fun day out, Arlington has something for everyone. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Arlington:
    Arlington National Cemetery: This is perhaps the most famous attraction in Arlington. Visit the final resting place of thousands of American heroes, including President John F. Kennedy. The Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a must-see.

    The Pentagon: The iconic headquarters of the United States Department of Defense is an architectural marvel. While you can't tour the inside, you can get an up-close look at this symbol of American military power from the outside.

    The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial): This stunning sculpture of U.S. Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima is a moving tribute to the Marine Corps and a great spot for photos.

    Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial: Located within Arlington National Cemetery, this historic mansion once served as the home of General Robert E. Lee and his family. It provides insight into the history of the Civil War and offers picturesque views of D.C.

    Theodore Roosevelt Island: A...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Arlington, Virginia, USA

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male ancestorRobert Lee VEITCH (December 1861, Arlington, Virginia, USA - 7 January 1914, , Maryland, USA)
female ancestorEmma BERRY (12 May 1864, , Maryland, USA - 4 November 1940, Arlington, Virginia, USA)
female ancestorElizabeth J "Lizzie" MAGIE (9 May 1866, Macomb, Illinois, USA - 2 March 1948, Arlington, Virginia, USA)
female ancestorMaud Elizabeth BALL (24 July 1875, Arlington, Virginia, USA - 12 August 1954, Falls Church, Virginia, USA)
male ancestorEdward Wade BALL (21 May 1877, Arlington, Virginia, USA - 24 November 1953, Arlington, Virginia, USA)
female ancestorEthel Florence BOLLES (28 August 1880, Wareham, Massachusetts, USA (Onset) (West Wareham) (Weweantic) - 9 October 1978, Arlington, Virginia, USA)
male ancestorHoratio Clark BALL (3 August 1880, Arlington, Virginia, USA - 29 October 1962, Staunton, Virginia, USA)
male ancestorFrank Elliot ALLEN (August 1880, Arlington, Virginia, USA - 17 June 1962, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
female ancestorAmey E ALLEN (September 1881, Arlington, Virginia, USA - , )

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male ancestorJohn Marshall HAMMOND (29 January 1887 - 16 March 1971) and female ancestorMinnie Eva "Peggie" GREEN (6 December 1896 - 22 January 1990) married 27 June 1946

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