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Removal of Mementos from Arlington Graves - 08 Oct 2013
Recent and archive images from the Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery has recently begun enforcing a policy that forbids
the placing of mementos on graves, notably in Section 60, which contains graves from those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The cleanup has outraged many families of those buried here.
USA/
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October 07, 2013
A combination picture shows family photos and mementos (L) on a grave stone of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Quadi...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Ccombination picture shows family photos and mementos on grave stone of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Hudgins,...
A combination picture shows family photos and mementos (L) on a grave stone of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Quadi Hudgins, who died in Iraq, which were later removed (R) at the Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery has recently begun enforcing a policy that forbids the placing of mementos on graves, notably in Section 60, which contains graves from those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cleanup has outraged many families of those buried here. Pictures taken March 13, 2013 (L) photo and October 7, 2013 (R).

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT SOCIETY)
USA/
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October 07, 2013
A combination picture shows Celeste Mills of El Paso, Texas, kneeling beside the grave of her youngest...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Combination picture of Celeste Mills kneeling beside grave of youngest son, Joshua, who was killed in...
A combination picture shows Celeste Mills of El Paso, Texas, kneeling beside the grave of her youngest son, Joshua Mills, who was killed in Afghanistan (top), and his gravestone after pictures and mementos were removed (bottom), at the Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery has recently begun enforcing a policy that forbids the placing of mementos on graves, notably in Section 60, which contains graves from those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cleanup has outraged many families of those buried here. Pictures taken March 13, 2013 (top) and October 7, 2013 (bottom). REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT SOCIETY)
USA/
RTX1432D
October 07, 2013
A combination picture shows a broken heart (top) which has later been stripped from the gravestone of...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Combination picture shows broken heart which has later been stripped from gravestone of a soldier killed...
A combination picture shows a broken heart (top) which has later been stripped from the gravestone of a soldier killed in Afghanistan at Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery has recently begun enforcing a policy that forbids the placing of mementos on graves, notably in Section 60, which contains graves from those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cleanup has outraged many families of those buried here. Pictures taken March 13, 2013 (top), and October 7, 2013 (bottom).

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT SOCIETY)
USA/
RTX14326
October 07, 2013
A combination picture shows a father-son photo and a cross (top) on a gravestone of Joshua Micah Mills,...
Washington, UNITED STATES
combination picture shows father-son photo and a cross on gravestone of Micah Mills, killed in Afghanistan,...
A combination picture shows a father-son photo and a cross (top) on a gravestone of Joshua Micah Mills, killed in Afghanistan, which were later removed (bottom) at the Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery has recently begun enforcing a policy that forbids the placing of mementos on graves, notably in Section 60, which contains graves from those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cleanup has outraged many families of those buried here. Pictures taken March 13, 2013 (top) and October 7, 2013 (bottom).

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT SOCIETY)
USA/
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October 07, 2013
A worker trims grass around gravestones in Section 60 at at Arlington National Cemetery October 7, 2013....
Washington, UNITED STATES
A worker trims grass around gravestones in Section 60 at at Arlington National Cemetery
A worker trims grass around gravestones in Section 60 at at Arlington National Cemetery October 7, 2013. The cemetery has recently begun enforcing a policy that forbids the placing of mementos on graves, notably in Section 60, which contains graves from those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cleanup has outraged many families of those buried here.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
RTR3EZOS
March 14, 2013
A beer can is seen in front of a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Grave mementos at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
A beer can is seen in front of a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Section 60 contains graves of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
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March 14, 2013
Photos are seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013....
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Photos on a headstone at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
Photos are seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Section 60 contains graves of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
RTR3EZOP
March 14, 2013
A Washington Redskins tag is seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Tags on a grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington
A Washington Redskins tag is seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Section 60 contains graves of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
RTR3EZNS
March 14, 2013
A stone decorated with "Love you Pappa" is seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Loving message on a headstone at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
A stone decorated with "Love you Pappa" is seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Section 60 contains graves of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
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March 14, 2013
Mementos are seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Grave momentos at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
Mementos are seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Section 60 contains graves of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY)
USA/
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May 30, 2011
Items are left on a grave in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Arlington,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Items are left on a grave in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Arlington
Items are left on a grave in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Arlington, VA, May 30, 2011. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY MILITARY)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
RTR3EZOB
March 14, 2013
Mementos are seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Grave mementos at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
Mementos are seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Section 60 contains graves of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
RTR3EZOW
March 14, 2013
A pinwheel catches the wind at a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
A pinwheel at a grave in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
A pinwheel catches the wind at a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Section 60 contains graves of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
RTR3EZOC
March 14, 2013
A stone decorated with a "Thank u" message is seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Grave mementos at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
A stone decorated with a "Thank u" message is seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Section 60 contains graves of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY)
USA-ANNIVERSARY/
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September 01, 2011
A headstone, photograph and flowers mark the grave of U.S. Army Private Justin Ray Davis in Section 60...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
A headstone, photograph and flowers mark the grave of U.S. Army Private Davis in Section 60 of Arlington...
A headstone, photograph and flowers mark the grave of U.S. Army Private Justin Ray Davis in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery June 25, 2011. Paula Davis, the mother of Justin Davis, commemorated the fifth anniversary of his death in Afghanistan with a ceremony where she released doves, had a religious memorial service and laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in his honour. Justin had vowed to his mom he'd never forget his childhood memories of September 11 and enlisted in the U.S. Army one week after graduating from high school. Picture taken June 25, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
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March 14, 2013
Celeste Mills of El Paso, Texas, kneels beside the grave of her youngest son, Joshua Mills, who was killed...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Mother at her son's grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
Celeste Mills of El Paso, Texas, kneels beside the grave of her youngest son, Joshua Mills, who was killed in Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
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March 14, 2013
Stones with the names of loved ones are seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Names of loved ones atop a headstone at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
Stones with the names of loved ones are seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Section 60 contains graves of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
RTR3EZOQ
March 14, 2013
A hand print, kept safe inside a Ziploc bag, adorns a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Hand print upon a headstone at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
A hand print, kept safe inside a Ziploc bag, adorns a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Section 60 contains graves of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY)
IRAQ-WAR/ANNIVERSARY
RTR3EZO3
March 14, 2013
Mementos are seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Grave mementos at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
Mementos are seen on a headstone in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, March 13, 2013. Section 60 contains graves of soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Picture taken March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA/
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March 11, 2013
Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
A woman lies down in front of the grave of her brother at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington...
Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia March 11, 2013. Coyer died of complications from an injury sustained in Afghanistan.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST OBITUARY)
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May 27, 2010
Monica McNeal (R) cries as she hugs a U.S. Marine at the grave (L) of her 19-year-old son Eric Ward,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Monica McNeal hugs a U.S. Marine at the grave of her son Eric Ward at Arlington National Cemetery
Monica McNeal (R) cries as she hugs a U.S. Marine at the grave (L) of her 19-year-old son Eric Ward, at Arlington National Cemetery, May 27, 2010. Lance Corporal Eric Ward, a fourth-generation U.S. Marine, was killed in Afghanistan on February 21, 2010. The United State is commemorating Memorial Day this weekend. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA/
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May 24, 2012
A member of the U.S. Army Old Guard pays his respects at the grave of U.S. Army Major Douglas Sloan,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
A member of the U.S. Army Old Guard pays his respects at the grave of U.S. Army Major Douglas Sloan,...
A member of the U.S. Army Old Guard pays his respects at the grave of U.S. Army Major Douglas Sloan, before placing a flag at one of the over 220,000 graves of fallen U.S. military service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery, May 24, 2012. Sloan was killed by an IED explosion in Wygal Valley, Afghanistan on October 31, 2006. Memorial Day will be commemorated this weekend across the United States. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY)
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August 31, 2011
Paula Davis, mother of fallen U.S. Army Private Justin Ray Davis, smells flowers as she walks to his...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Paula Davis smells flowers as she walks to her son Justin's gravesite on the fifth anniversary of his...
Paula Davis, mother of fallen U.S. Army Private Justin Ray Davis, smells flowers as she walks to his gravesite on the fifth anniversary of his death at Arlington National Cemetery June 25, 2011. Paula Davis commemorated the fifth anniversary of her 19-year-old son's death in Afghanistan with a ceremony in Arlington. He had vowed to his mom he'd never forget his childhood memories of September 11 and enlisted in the U.S. Army one week after graduating from high school. Picture taken June 25, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT)
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November 11, 2012
People grieve at a gravesite in Section 60, an area where members of the U.S. military who were killed...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
People grieve at a gravesite during Veterans Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington,...
People grieve at a gravesite in Section 60, an area where members of the U.S. military who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried, during Veterans Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)
USA/
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May 23, 2012
A member of the U.S. Army Old Guard places a flag at one of the over 220,000 graves of fallen U.S. military...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
A member of the U.S. Army Old Guard places a flag at one of the over 220,000 graves of fallen U.S. military...
A member of the U.S. Army Old Guard places a flag at one of the over 220,000 graves of fallen U.S. military service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery, May 24, 2012. Memorial Day will be commemorated this weekend across the United States. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY)
USA/
RTXZYGY
May 23, 2013
Afte placing roses atop the headstone, Amy Mixon of Fernandina Beach, Florida, clasps her hands at the...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Amy Mixon visits husband Kelly's grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
Afte placing roses atop the headstone, Amy Mixon of Fernandina Beach, Florida, clasps her hands at the grave of her husband Kelly Mixon at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia May 23, 2013. Mixon made the visit for the Memorial Day weekend to honor her husband who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY SOCIETY)
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July 21, 2010
A member of the honor guard taking part in a wreath laying ceremony by Britain's Prime Minister David...
Washington, UNITED STATES
An honor guard taking part in a wreath laying ceremony walks past the gravestones at Arlington National...
A member of the honor guard taking part in a wreath laying ceremony by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron walks past the gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, July 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY)
USA/
RTXUI1W
November 11, 2010
U.S. Marine Capt. Jill A. Leyden of Easton, Maryland, kneels at the grave of her friend Major Megan M....
Washington, UNITED STATES
Marine kneels at the grave of fellow soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
U.S. Marine Capt. Jill A. Leyden of Easton, Maryland, kneels at the grave of her friend Major Megan M. McClung at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010.
McClung was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom on December 6, 2006. Leyden and McClung served together in Iraq.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA/
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May 23, 2009
Laura Youngblood, widow of U.S. Navy Petty Officer Travis L. Youngblood, touches his grave stone while...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Widow of U.S. Navy Petty Officer killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom visits his grave during Memorial Day...
Laura Youngblood, widow of U.S. Navy Petty Officer Travis L. Youngblood, touches his grave stone while visiting his grave in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery during the Memorial Day weekend in Arlington, Virginia, May 24, 2009. Youngblood died of wounds received in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in July of 2005 in Iraq. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES POLITICS MILITARY)
USA-ANNIVERSARY/
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September 01, 2011
Paula Davis (R), mother of fallen U.S. Army Private Justin Ray Davis, is pictured in a group hug with...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Paula Davis hugs other Gold Star Mothers at her son Justin's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery...
Paula Davis (R), mother of fallen U.S. Army Private Justin Ray Davis, is pictured in a group hug with other "Gold Star Mothers", whose military sons or daughters have died in war, at Justin's gravesite (foreground) on the fifth anniversary of his death at Arlington National Cemetery June 25, 2011. Paula Davis commemorated the fifth anniversary of her 19-year-old son's death in Afghanistan. He had vowed to his mom he'd never forget his childhood memories of September 11 and enlisted in the U.S. Army one week after graduating from high school. Picture taken June 25, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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June 11, 2010
A U.S. Army soldier visits the gravestone of Army Sergeant Ryan P. Baumann, 24, of Great Mills, Maryland,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
File photo of a U.S. Army soldier visiting a grave on 4th of July in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia...
A U.S. Army soldier visits the gravestone of Army Sergeant Ryan P. Baumann, 24, of Great Mills, Maryland, in Section 60 of the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, in this file photo taken July 4, 2009. A U.S. Army probe into improprieties at Arlington National Cemetery found that more than 200 graves at America's storied military burial ground were unmarked or misidentified, among other problems. Picture taken July 4, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)
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