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Arlington National Cemetery debuts new interactive map for public

  • Army Col. John Schrader demonstrates the ANC Explorer application for Arlington National Cemetery, on his phone, after a news conference in Washington, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Arlington National Cemetery plans to make available to the public the detailed geospatial database it has developed over several years while overhauling its records and responding to reports of misidentified remains. The database will be available over the Internet and through a mobile phone app that visitors to the cemetery can take with them to find a specific gave anywhere in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Army Col. John Schrader demonstrates the ANC Explorer application for Arlington National Cemetery, on his phone, after a news conference in Washington, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Arlington National Cemetery plans to make available to the public the detailed geospatial database it has developed over several years while overhauling its records and responding to reports of misidentified remains. The database will be available over the Internet and through a mobile phone app that visitors to the cemetery can take with them to find a specific gave anywhere in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Kathryn Condon, Executive Director, Army National Military Cemeteries, left, and Patrick Hallihan, superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery, discuss the ANC Explorer application during a news conference in Washington, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Arlington National Cemetery plans to make available to the public the detailed geospatial database it has developed over several years while overhauling its records and responding to reports of misidentified remains. The database will be available over the Internet and through a mobile phone app that visitors to the cemetery can take with them to find a specific gave anywhere in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Kathryn Condon, Executive Director, Army National Military Cemeteries, left, and Patrick Hallihan, superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery, discuss the ANC Explorer application during a news conference in Washington, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Arlington National Cemetery plans to make available to the public the detailed geospatial database it has developed over several years while overhauling its records and responding to reports of misidentified remains. The database will be available over the Internet and through a mobile phone app that visitors to the cemetery can take with them to find a specific gave anywhere in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • A sign at Arlington National Cemetery advertises the ANC Explorer application, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday. Arlington National Cemetery plans to make available to the public the detailed geospatial database it has developed over several years while overhauling its records and responding to reports of misidentified remains. The database will be available over the Internet and through a mobile phone app that visitors to the cemetery can take with them to find a specific gave anywhere in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    A sign at Arlington National Cemetery advertises the ANC Explorer application, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday. Arlington National Cemetery plans to make available to the public the detailed geospatial database it has developed over several years while overhauling its records and responding to reports of misidentified remains. The database will be available over the Internet and through a mobile phone app that visitors to the cemetery can take with them to find a specific gave anywhere in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Army Col. John Schrader demonstrates the ANC Explorer application for Arlington National Cemetery, on his phone, after a news conference in Washington, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Arlington National Cemetery plans to make available to the public the detailed geospatial database it has developed over several years while overhauling its records and responding to reports of misidentified remains. The database will be available over the Internet and through a mobile phone app that visitors to the cemetery can take with them to find a specific gave anywhere in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Kathryn Condon, Executive Director, Army National Military Cemeteries, left, and Patrick Hallihan, superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery, discuss the ANC Explorer application during a news conference in Washington, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Arlington National Cemetery plans to make available to the public the detailed geospatial database it has developed over several years while overhauling its records and responding to reports of misidentified remains. The database will be available over the Internet and through a mobile phone app that visitors to the cemetery can take with them to find a specific gave anywhere in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • A sign at Arlington National Cemetery advertises the ANC Explorer application, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday. Arlington National Cemetery plans to make available to the public the detailed geospatial database it has developed over several years while overhauling its records and responding to reports of misidentified remains. The database will be available over the Internet and through a mobile phone app that visitors to the cemetery can take with them to find a specific gave anywhere in the cemetery. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A massive electronic database detailing the burial sites of hundreds of thousands of people at Arlington National Cemetery is now accessible to the public.

Cemetery officials in Virginia built the database over the past two years to verify the accuracy of their records in the wake of reports of misidentified graves.

The interactive map is available through its website and through a smart phone app. It uses geospatial technology to hone in on specific graves and can also be searched by name.

Officials said the app makes it easier for people walking the cemetery to locate a loved one’s burial place as well as some of the cemetery’s notable graves.

The Associated Press

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