I should stop being surprised by how often news stories crop up this year and wind up surprising me, but this one falls into that category. As I would hope all of you are long since aware, Arlington National Cemetary in Virginia is properly treated as holy ground. It contains the final resting places for countless veterans who have served our country, many having given the full, final measure. The problem is that they are rapidly running out of room for new interments. There are some proposals for expanding the site to accommodate this need in the future and hopefully, a resolution will be reached. But for the moment, space is growing tight.
That’s why there’s considerable controversy over a proposal currently under consideration that would expand the list of individuals who might qualify for burial there. One portion of the plan being considered by the Pentagon would limit burials to only certain categories of service members. But a separate change to the rules would allow some new people to have their graves established at Arlington. If enacted, all presidents and vice presidents would be eligible. Some are pointing the finger at Donald Trump as the driving force behind this, suggesting that he believes he should have a place reserved for him in that hallowed ground. (Daily Mail)
A Pentagon proposal to allow presidents and vice presidents who haven’t served in the military to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery has been blasted by veterans.
Some military members are expressing opposition to the potential plans, claiming it is an attempt by President Trump to ensure that he will be laid to rest at the famous cemetery when he eventually passes away.
Back in September, the Defense Department sought feedback on potential plans to restrict who could be buried at Arlington, saying that they were fast running out of space.