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‘Little Arlington’ dates back to 1867

‘Little Arlington’ dates back to 1867

Fayetteville National Cemetery in Arkansas is nicknamed "Little Arlington."

The Fayetteville cemetery, located on 15 acres near the University of Arkansas, was constructed in 1867 to honor Civil War union soldiers. In addition to the Civil War soldiers, veterans from the Revolutionary War and 20th and 21st century wars are laid to rest in Fayetteville.

The more than 8,000 veterans in the Fayetteville cemetery include Cpl. Morris Nations, killed at Pearl Harbor; Sgt. J. Scott Lindsey, killed during the Persian Gulf War; and Medal of Honor recipient Sfc. Clarence B. Craft.

Since the original land purchase for $500, the cemetery has tripled in size, according to cemetery staff member Chris Turner. The cemetery has grown through the donations of nearby land, Turner said, noting that there is additional room for growth.

The cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, serves more than 135,000 veterans in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

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