President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on November 25, 1963. The site was designed by architect John Carl Warnecke, a long-time friend of President Kennedy's. The permanent John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame grave site was consecrated and opened to the public on March 15, 1967. http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/jfk.htm
The first graves in Arlington National Cemetery were dug by James Parks, a former slave. Parks was freed in 1862 He still lived on Arlington Estate when Secretary of War Stanton signed the orders designating Arlington as a military burial ground. Parks worked as a grave digger and maintenance man for the cemetery. When he died on Aug. 21, 1929, Secretary of War Stimson granted special permission for him to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
James H. Doolittle (1896 - 1993) Led the first US air raid on the Japanese home islands in World War II by flying B-25 bombers off the deck of a US aircraft carrier, his team of specially trained men was known as “Doolittle’s Raiders” Buried at Arlington National Cemetery #WWII #History