Magazine article Insight on the News

Rules Changed for Burial at Arlington National Cemetery

Magazine article Insight on the News

Rules Changed for Burial at Arlington National Cemetery

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Congress has moved to ensure that the hallowed ground of Arlington National Cemetery remains just that -- hallowed -- and isn't used for the burial of friends or political allies of presidents or members of Congress. From now on only those who die on active military duty, and just a few others, will be buried at the 612-acre cemetery overlooking the Potomac River.

The move is a direct result of Insight articles two years ago questioning President Clinton's use of burial waivers. There was public fury when it was revealed that Larry Lawrence, a big donor to the Democratic Party and ambassador to Switzerland, had received a Clinton waiver to be interred at the cemetery, in part because he had claimed to have been wounded while serving in the Merchant Marine in 1945. It turned out that Lawrence had not served in the war as he had stated, and his widow had his body exhumed and buffed in San Diego. …

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