05/24/2015 08:51 pm ET

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


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
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  • Islam and Baha'i
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  • Judaism
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  • Lutheran Church and Episcopal Church
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  • Buddhism and Soka Gakkai
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  • United Church of Religious Science and Atheism
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  • Christianity
  • United Church of Christ and Church of Christ, Scientist
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  • Unitarian Universalism and Non-adherence
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Interfaith Faces of the U.S. Armed Forces