Former U.S. senators Max Cleland of Georgia and Bob Dole of Kansas, both high-credentialed veterans, have been placed in charge of an independent commission looking into the operation of Arlington National Cemetery.
An Army investigation recently found that the remains of U.S. soldiers, marines and other personnel – perhaps hundreds – have been misidentified or misplaced in the venerated burial ground.
While talking to Florida veterans on Friday, Cleland, 67, briefly touched on the situation. From the Orlando Sentinel:
“They’re thinking about war and winning war and strategies for war,” he said of the Army, which oversees the cemetery, the final resting place for more than 300,000 fighting men and women who perished in military service from the Civil War to Afghanistan. “The Army, in many ways, is not in the cemetery business.”
He said the cemetery should be maintained as a living national shrine.