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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Arlington graves stripped of personal mementos in controversial clean-up that has outraged fallen service members' grieving families -- BY Louise Boyle, DailyMail.co.uk

 The new policy at the Virginia cemetery bans pictures and small tributes

Stripped away: Family photos and mementos (left) on a grave stone of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Quadi Hudgins, who died in Iraq, which were later removed (right) at the Arlington National Cemetery under new policyThe carefully-chosen mementos that cover graves in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery offer a deeply personal glimpse into the lives of grieving military families.
These reminders have now been scrubbed away following a new policy which has banned family and friends from placing tributes on the graves. 

Headstones have been stripped of photos, drawings and poignant notes, in particular those in Section 60, home to the graves of more than 800 service members killed while doing their duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

An Arlington spokesman said they were responding to complaints that the cemetery was looking too disorderly, and said the section needed to follow the same rules as the rest of the site.

Loved ones often left flowers, small stones and shells from favorite places and prized cigars. These have all now been swept away - some items saved to be returned to families, and some not. 

Photographer Kevin Lamarque published images of the graves earlier this year on PhotoBlog. 

In an article for Reuters, he commented this week: 'There were immensely sad graveside moments of girlfriends, wives, children, mothers and fathers sitting, kneeling, laying beside a grave, often touching, holding or kissing the headstone of their fallen loved one.

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