Nightly News   |  October 02, 2013

Arlington National Cemetery cleanup creates controversy

Until recently, the Arlington National Cemetery was full of mementos at gravesites in Section 60. But now the letters, balloons and other adornments have been removed to make those grounds look like the rest of the cemetery. NBC’s Brian Williams reports

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>>> there is controversy among some of the families of those buried at arlington cemetery after a cleanup of section 60, the burial ground for over 800 of the recent dead from our most reevent wars in iraq and afghanistan along with veterans from other wars. until recently it was full of mo men tos at many grave sites. as a washington post writer described it, a raw messy burial ground of wars still being fought. the cemetery has embarked on a full scale cleaning, saving some me men tos in storage. it was decided to be kept to the same cleanliness standard as the rest of the cemetery. another note, the government shutdown has also shut down u.s. cemeteries overseas including the vast d-day cemetery in normandy.