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United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery

21 Harewood Road Northwest, Washington, DC 20017, USA

One of the original national cemeteries established by Congress, the United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery is located on land granted Soldiers' Asylum in 1862. Abraham Lincoln is believed to have walked the grounds of the sixteen-acre while staying at his cottage at the adjacent Soldiers' Home, the modern day's Armed Forces Retirement Home - Washington. The cemetery received its first interment from the Battle of Second Manassas and filled with so many casualties in its first two years that it became evident more land would be required; this led to the establishment of Arlington National Cemetery, where all the Confederate interments from the Soldiers' Home were moved by an act of Congress in 1900. The cemetery now holds over 5, 000 casualties from the Civil War. Most notably, it is the final resting place of Maj. Gen. John Logan, the Commander of Grand Army of the Republic who is credited with writing the general order which established the practice of decorating graves on what has become Memorial Day.

 

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Directions

From Downtown Washington, DC, follow North Capitol Street until it turns into Claremont Road. Turn left on Allison Street and left again on Rock Creek Church Road. Turn left on Harewood Road. The vehicle gate is approximately 100 feet on left.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, superintendent available by appointment to provide information, pamphlets and guided tours.

Regular Events

May, Memorial Day Ceremony; Thrusday morning preceding Memorial Day, Flags In Ceremony, Alpha Company, 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard).

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Free

Hours

Grounds, Daily: 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.; Office: By appointment.

Phone

202-829-1829

Website

http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/national_cemeteries/District_of_Columbia/US_Soldiers_and_Airmens_Home_National_Cemetery.html »

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