These people are dead. They don't care where they are buried.
On Thursday, Army officials announced the findings of an investigation into Arlington that found remains buried in graves listed as empty, unmarked graves and improperly handled cremated remains. The report noted problems with at least 211 graves.
“There could in fact be more,” said Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb, Army Inspector General.
The inspection found that 117 grave sites marked as occupied on maps did not have headstones.An additional 94 grave sites were supposedly unoccupied, but each had a headstone. And some grave sites were not on maps at all.
Retiring Arlington Superintendent John Metzler “acknowledged that map inaccuracies were a systemic problem, but evidence indicated he failed to adequately inquire into these discrepancies to ensure they were properly resolved,” the report said.
The report also said at least four urns were discovered in a pile of dirt used to fill graves. One was re-buried as an “unknown” because it had no markings on it.
On Wednesday, after The Washington Post alerted the cemetery to their presence, officials there said they were shocked to find the gravestones lying in the muck near a maintenance yard. Already under fire in recent days for more than 200 unmarked or misidentified graves and a chaotic and dysfunctional management system, cemetery officials vowed to investigate the headstones along the stream and take “immediate corrective action,” said Kaitlin Horst, a cemetery spokeswoman.
Officials said they do not know how the stones got there, whom they belong to, or how old they are. Horst could say only that “they appear to be decades old.”
Officials at Arlington National Cemetery have been quietly reserving particularly desirable parts of the burial grounds for VIPs.
Meanwhile, in real scandal news, images of dead combatants and returning coffins drapped in flags are still censored in the mainsteam media.
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