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Military Families Want Answers From Arlington National Cemetery

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By Cathy Carter

Flag Day is set aside to honor the American Flag, but families of soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery want respect for the people that defend it.

The Army's announcement that hundreds of remains at Arlington have been misidentified or misplaced has military families demanding answers. The historic burial ground has set up a special call center for families, but visitors at Arlington National Cemetery say that provides little solace.

"What can you say to them? Ya know, we blew it?," says Ray Hazelwood of Sacramento. He blames civilian leadership, but David Schmidt of Arlington, Virginia says there's plenty of blame to go around.

"The military I think probably has some responsibility to deeply apologize and to the best of their ability, make amends," says Schmidt.

Officials acknowledge that more errors are likely to emerge in the coming months.

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