Samuel H. Asher, executive director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, answers a question posed by Maj. Gen. Paul C. Hurley Jr., CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, during the Days of Remembrance Observance April 19 in the Lee Theater. Asher was the featured speaker for this year’s event hosted by the Army Logistics University and Logistics Noncommissioned Officer Academy. It was themed Legacy of Perseverance and focused on survivors and their experiences. During his address, Asher reflected on the stories of Holocaust survivors chronicled at the museum, including that of his father, a former Army warrant officer who served during World War II. Concluding his speech, Asher implored all to stand up to actions and behaviors intended to subjugate others.
Arlington National Cemetery Survey
The Arlington National Cemetery is at a critical crossroads in its history. Based on current eligibility standards, Arlington National Cemetery will run out of space In approximately 23 years and at that time will no longer be an active cemetery. The Army has been asked by Congress to consider what might be done to preserve ANC as an active military cemetery well into the future for generations to come. There are only two basic factors that... affect the life of ANC - available land and the rate at which burials are requested. ANC's location in a highly developed area inside of the Capital Beltway limits the amount of expansion available to only a few small parcels of land and at ANC's current rate of services, each acre will only extend the life of the cemetery by three months.
In July 2017, the cemetery conducted a survey in partnership with several military and veteran organizations. The more than 28,000 respondents shared that keeping ANC open well into the future is paramount. They also communicated that if eligibility at ANC is limited those killed in action, Medal of Honor and other valorous award recipients, former POWs, and those active duty service members who die on operational missions should have a place at ANC.
After analyzing the results of first survey, cemetery leadership determined there was a need for further refinement. With the assistance of the Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery and military and Veteran Service Organizations, they developed a second survey, which is now available on the cemetery's website.
Arlington National Cemetery invites everyone to take the survey and continue the robust and candid national dialogue. "Your opinion matters - not only to us, but to our military and civilian leaders as they face a difficult future for our hallowed national shrine," said Executive Director of Army National Military Cemeteries Karen Durham-Aguilera.
The survey can be accessed on the cemetery's website at: