American Legion Continues Push For Changes At Arlington Cemetery | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

American Legion Continues Push For Changes At Arlington Cemetery

Play associated audio
Hundreds of volunteers are heading to Arlington Cemetery today to do supplemental landscaping work to beautify the military burial ground.
Pete Thompson
Hundreds of volunteers are heading to Arlington Cemetery today to do supplemental landscaping work to beautify the military burial ground.

The remains of 12 servicemen missing since WWII will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery this morning.

Arlington National Cemetery has performed thousands of military burials and ceremonies flawlessly in the past twelve months.

But Jacob Gadd, a deputy director at the American Legion, says the only way to recover from years of mislabeled graves and improperly handled remains is for the U.S. Army to hand over management of the cemetery to the National Cemeteries Administration, which is part of the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

"The National Cemetery Administration manages 131 cemeteries, and that's their primary mission. The army's primary mission is force readiness," Gadd says.

The cemetery has come under fire in the past year for discrepancies at the burial site, and the U.S. Department of Justice launched a criminal investigation into some of those issues in June.

Kathryn Condon, executive director of the National Cemeteries program, is part of the transition leadership team that's managed the cemetery for the past year.

Gadd says the Legion is pleased with the team's work, but he adds many veterans are skeptical that all the problems have been solved.

"I think at this point we're still in that transition phase," he says. "It's too early to say whether we might find some more things -- we certainly may."

No one in cemetery leadership was available to comment at press time.

NPR

'American Crime' And 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Highlight The TV Revolution

Tina Fey co-created the quirky comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for Netflix; John Ridley made the emotionally raw drama American Crime for ABC. TV critic David Bianculli says they're both good.
NPR

Spain's Wine Exports Soar 22 Percent — But Profits Fall

Spain's wine industry had a record year in 2014, posting numbers that could propel it past Italy as the world's biggest wine exporter. But most of the wine was sold cheaply, in bulk.
NPR

Senate Fails In Bid To Override Obama's Veto On Keystone XL Pipeline

The final vote was 62-37 – short of the two-thirds needed to override the presidential veto.
WAMU 88.5

Transportation App Bridj Has Bus-Sized Ambitions For D.C.

It works similar to other ride-sharing apps, in that you establish a location and destination, and order a ride. But you'll be shown where to catch a Bridj bus, instead of getting a vehicle at your door.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.