RELIGION

Arlington Cemetery Gravestones Honor America's Fallen Soldiers Of Every (And No) Faith

In this Aug. 20, 2010 photo, the tombstone for Pfc. Abraham Kooiman, a World War II veteran who died in 2002, is shown inscri
In this Aug. 20, 2010 photo, the tombstone for Pfc. Abraham Kooiman, a World War II veteran who died in 2002, is shown inscribed with a Wiccan religious symbol at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. As rancor swirls around the issue of whether a mosque and Islamic cultural center should be built two blocks from the New York site where the destroyed Twin Towers stood, Americans are being forced to examine just how tolerant they are _ or are not. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who have died in service for their country. At Arlington National Cemetery, these fallen soldiers lie side by in a remarkable display of religious diversity within the U.S. armed forces.

Baha'is lay beside Jews; Muslims beside Christians; Hindus beside Wiccans. The cemetery offers over 60 religious symbols with which to engrave headstones -- some of which may be familiar and others rarely viewed in public spaces.

Here is a sampling of some of the religious and non-religious headstones at Arlington National Cemetery:

  • Wicca
    John Hamer/Flickr
  • Islam and Baha'i
    John Hamer/Flickr
  • Judaism
    Mh arduino/Wikipedia
  • Lutheran Church and Episcopal Church
    John Hamer/Flickr
  • Buddhism and Soka Gakkai
    John Hamer/Flickr
  • United Church of Religious Science and Atheism
    John Hamer/Flickr
  • Christianity
    Wikipedia
  • United Church of Christ and Church of Christ, Scientist
    John Hamer/Flickr
  • Unitarian Universalism and Non-adherence
    John Hamer/Flickr
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