Remembering Veterans In Section 60

Nov 11, 2014

There is a section of Arlington National Cemetery where soldiers who died in Afghanistan and Iraq are buried. Section 60 has taken on a unique social and cultural identity within the cemetery, partly because the people who go their to mourn are so young, like the deceased soldiers themselves. 

A man lies by the grave of his friend, in Section 60 at Arlington.
Credit AP

Our guest Robert Poole describes Section 60 as a place emotions are close to the surface, and where war where it hits you over the head every day. "People talk to the tombstones as if the people below ground could hear them," says Poole, "and it’s absolutely normal -- no one considers it weird in any way."

We talk with Robert Poole, the Vermont author of the new book, Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery, Where War Comes Home.  In it, he tells the stories of U.S. military personnel killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, what their deaths reveal about these wars, and how these men and women are remembered by the living.

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