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October 21, 2013

Google cameras capture a walk through Arlington National Cemetery

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ARLINGTON, Va. —

After Ami Neiberger-Miller's brother died in Iraq in 2007, she went to visit his grave in Section 60 every week. Now, the Purcellville, Va., resident visits every two months.

"When you talk to bereavement experts, they say that the people who are able to incorporate their lost ones in their lives in some way helps them to move forward. For some people it can be visiting the burial sites," said Neiberger-Miller, a spokeswoman for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, an organization that assists the families who have lost a member in the military.

Some family members worry that the sites of relatives are neglected, with few visitors. So project staff members regularly check on the sites of service members whose families can't visit Arlington but want someone to deliver flowers or just physically be there.

"Google is only capturing a moment in time, so it's not like a family member can see how the site looks like on a given day," Neiberger-Miller said. "But it sounds like a great way for the many people who can't visit to get some sense of what it's like there."

Outside the Welcome Center, Carl and Rose Knight were planning their route around the 624-acre grounds. The Phoenix couple had saved for months to visit the cemetery for their 29th wedding anniversary.

Rose Knight, 54, used to work at Fort Meade and regularly visited Arlington, her favorite destination in the region because of the "quiet and the pride."

They are spending some of their retirement savings on the visit, the first for Carl Knight.

Carl, a retired Army master sergeant, spotted the Google car.

"I can tell you that every veteran would love to see Arlington," he said. Looking toward the car, he added: "If that is another way, I look forward to it. I'm just getting started today."

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