Arlington National Cemetery works to restore trust
Arlington National Cemetery is working hard to restore the trust of families after officials misidentified remains and put them in the wrong place.
There is now an Accountability Task Force to make sure every person buried in Arlington is correctly accounted for.
Sixty soldiers a night methodically photograph grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery. They've captured more than 259,000 markers on a special iPhone app designed to synch-up headstones and internment plaques and locations with military records.
Some families - suspicious there'd been a mistake - had loved ones exhumed or disinterred only to find another person's remains.
Colonel John Schrader heads the Accountability Task Force.
“How it happened? Honestly I don't know,” he said. “How you fix it? You take everything you know and bring it together in one place and we have a human being look at it from beginning to end making sure it all matches."
Soldiers will record each marker individually, put in a grave number and then use GPS to put down our signal and location. They take photos of the back and front of the grave marker, categorize it and send it in.
Specialist Jake Higgens has photographed more than four-thousand sites - including his own grandfather's.
There were mistakes that were made and people were trusted that shouldn't have been trusted and that's all being fixed,” he said. “That's what we're out here to do and that's what's being done.”
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