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Alexandria National Cemetery, Alexandria

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Alexandria National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery, of approximately, located in the city of Alexandria, Virginia. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it is one of the original national cemeteries that were established in 1862. As of 2014, it was site to over 4,500 interments.HistoryAs one of the original national cemeteries, it served as the burial grounds for soldiers who died in the numerous hospitals around the Alexandria area, but by 1864 it was almost filled to capacity. This led to the development of the Arlington National Cemetery.Alexandria National Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
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  • This is a very pretty cemetery with history to tell just south of Old Town, but it is not Arlington, there is not changing of the guard, Kennedy is not buried here and on and on...  more »
  • This location truly honors those that have served. What else is important? I have waited my life to see this place. It was so worth it. Truly honored to be there.  more »
  • Highly recommend the shuttle especially if it is a hot summer day. Not only does it help not to overheat, the info the docents provide is helpful. Towards the last of the stops our docent shared a sto...  more »
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  • A quite, clean, peaceful and well maintained place to honor those that have the ultimate sacrifice. It's a nice, smaller alternative to Arlington cemetery. It's nice for a quick stop with plenty of Street parking.
  • Clean, quiet and beautifully maintained, the cemetery is in the western portion of the Wilkes Street Cemetery complex. It's a collection of cemeteries dating as part back to 1751. If your into local history do a web search for the complex and Old Town Alexandra history to download a walking tour. It's a few blocks from the subway and boarders the US patent office where there is a tiny modern museum / exhibition space.
  • Clean, quiet, peaceful, and intimate. Is not busy or commercial like Arlington National.
  • Great place for a walk and actually quite peaceful
  • Boring! There's nothing to do here except sleep.

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Old Town boasts a number of high-end hotels that provide easy walking access to some of Alexandria's most popular restaurants, bars, and attractions. However, these are not typically budget-friendly; those looking to save a few dollars should consider a hotel or motel located on Jefferson Davis Highway. Though not technically within the city boundaries, these accommodations are considerably cheaper and often within walking distance of the metro. Alexandria is also home to a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are located inside historical buildings.
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