Although the land was acquired in 1862, there was a need for additional appropriations in order to have burial grounds ready in time of need. This proposal included offering Arlington as the burial site for a future cemetery with 10 to 12 acres set aside for that purpose, and a range at the other end of the cemetery to hold military horses. A board to oversee the proposed cemetery was also created. Meigs suggested a more suitable name for the site, suggesting that it be known as the Potomac National Cemetery. When the Civil War ended, Arlington was used to bury the American war dead, including those at the Promised Land Plot at Arlington, where nearly 1,100 Union dead lie buried at the Washington Navy Yard. In December of 1864, during both the military occupation of Washington, D.C., and during and after the reconstruction, soldiers continued to be buried in the site; better homes were not built during this period, due to lack of funds and construction materials. Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated on June 15, 1893, with a military parade in which 2,795 people took part. New buildings were erected at Arlington during the 20th century. The Basin Project and the Aerial View Project were completed in the 1930s, and the Arlington National Cemetery Chapel was completed in 1935. Other major projects include the Memorial Amphitheater and Memorial Bridge, and the 35th U.S. Infantry Regiment Bell Tower. The 9/11 Memorial Plaza and Memorial Driveway were completed in August 2006.
Arlington National Cemetery consists of 9,078 acres (3,735 ha) of land on 236 plots (campgrounds), plus over 250 acres (0.97 km2) that is off-limits for burial. The cemetery was designed to seat up to 100,000 visitors at any time. It is the busiest cemetery in the U.S., with more than 595,000 visitors to the main burial site on a typical weekday. More than 2.8 million dead are buried in the 191 cemeteries dispersed through 9,000 acres (3,645 ha) of land. The largest and most famous cemeteries in the country are located at Arlington National Cemetery and at Arlington Ridge Cemetery in the District of Columbia. d2c66b5586