cirby: /most of the people interred at Arlington in the last half-century or so died of old age
Mike Chewbacca: A bunch of the buildings in San Diego's Balboa Park were supposed to be temporary, built for the 1915 California Panama Expo in 1915.
Radioactive Ass: cirby: /most of the people interred at Arlington in the last half-century or so died of old ageYep. Nowadays the people buried there have to have had either some sort of political connections or had earned some of the higher rated medals under combat (silver stars or higher although there's some wriggle room for bronze stars depending upon other factors) or have made the highest ranks (E-9 for enlisted or O-7 for officers, essentially a lifetime of service). While some younger people meet the first requirement (they are pretty rare) it's far more likely that the people bet laid to rest there now died from old age and even then a lot of people who might have met the requirements are laid to rest in private cemeteries in family plots instead. Arlington is not a busy place as far as cemeteries go. A lot more visitors (and tourists) than there are burials.There are a lot of other national cemeteries for veterans but Arlington is reserved for what can only be considered the elite when they started running out of room decades ago. While this (the demolition of the Navy Annex) adds room for more plots I don't see them loosening the requirements as once the extra space gets filled up as they probably won't be able to get any more room.
jkl65s4: Don't know what's there so I don't know feasible it is, but Fort Myer borders the western edge of Arlington Cemetery. In theory, they could dismantle the buildings there and expand the cemetery that way too.
Harry Freakstorm: [www.nps.gov image 550x304]Army Basic Training in June 1979 in a World War II 'temp' building. Not as nice as the one pictured. Supposedly, they could burn down in two minutes. There were a lot of war stories about them doing so. I remember one about two trainees melting shoe polish and accidentally flipping the tin. The burning shoe polish hit the side of the building at the place went up.
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