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Arlington Cemetery Plans Weekend Events For Memorial Day

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Towanna Towns visited the grave of her uncle at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. She says Monday's crowds can ruin the sense of peace and quiet that she likes.
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Towanna Towns visited the grave of her uncle at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. She says Monday's crowds can ruin the sense of peace and quiet that she likes.

Holiday weekend visitors had already started to crowd the cemetery by Friday. Mourners and tourists can see American flags on each grave site marking the solemn holiday.

Sam Compton, who is in D.C. for a high school speech competition, says he's always amazed at how the big crowds at Arlington manage to show proper reverence for the cemetery.

"People are really lacking in respect a lot these days, but here, it keeps pretty nice and people stay silent when they need to," he says. "I'm surprised by the amount of respect people have."

On Memorial Day, the cemetery will be handing out 10,000 long-stemmed roses to visitors to place on graves of loved ones.

The cemetery will also be commemorating the birthday of President John F. Kennedy Sunday with a ceremonial wreath laying.

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