Arlington National Cemetery Inurnment Ceremony for Captain Katharine Allen Maugans (Kak) USN (Ret.) and her husband Commander Frank O. Maugans USN (Ret.).

CDR Frank Maugans, SC, USN (Ret.), passed away on May 5, 1998. He retired from the Navy in 1996. His ashes were held for a joint inurnment with his wife, Captain Katharine Allen Maugans USN (Ret.) She died September 7, 2010. Born September 23, 1926 in Alexandria, VA, she served as an officer in the United States Navy for 30 years. Alumna and life-long supporter of Longwood University. Resident of Vinson Hall for 15 years. Inurnment was January 7, 2011 at Arlington National Cemetery.

 



A biography was written about grand aunt Kak as a school project by Brennan A. Allen.

 

Arlington Mansion and 200 acres of ground immediately surrounding it were designated officially as a military cemetery in 1864.  More than 300,000 people are buried at Arlington Cemetery, including veterans from all the nation's wars, from the American Revolution through Iraq and Afghanistan. Pre-Civil War dead were reinterred after 1900.  The federal government dedicated a model community for freed slaves, Freedman's Village, near the current Memorial Amphitheater in 1863. More than 1,100 freed slaves were given land by the government, where they farmed and lived during and after the Civil War. They were turned out in 1890 when the estate was repurchased by the government and dedicated as a military installation. In Section 27, are buried more than 3,800 former slaves. Their headstones are designated with the word "Civilian" or "Citizen."


Arlington National Cemetery is administered by the Department of the Army. Arlington House (Custis-Lee Mansion) and the grounds in its immediate vicinity are administered by the National Park Service.  The flags in Arlington National Cemetery are flown at half-staff from a half hour before the first funeral until a half hour after the last funeral each day. Funerals are normally conducted five days a week, excluding weekends.  Funerals, including interments and inurnments, average 28 a day. With more than 300,000 people buried, Arlington National Cemetery has the second-largest number of people buried of any national cemetery in the United States. Arlington National Cemetery conducts approximately 6,400 burials each year.  The Tomb of the Unknowns is made from Yule marble quarried in Colorado. It consists of seven pieces, with a total weight of 79 tons. The Tomb was completed in 1932. (Adapted from: ArlingtonCemetery.org). Details on ceremony arrangements are available from the Cemetery.

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a view of the graves at Arlington National Cemetery
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Entrance foyer in Administration Building of Arlington National Cemetery
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The full schedule of the Arlington National Cemetery
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Friends and family gather prior to the cemetery
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Friends and family gather prior to the cemetery
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The Parking lot at the Administration Building
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The limosines waiting for the family in front of the Administration Building 
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A flyover by Canadian geese at Arlington National Cemetery
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Gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery
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A view of the US Navy honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery
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Preparing the ashes for transport by the horse-drawn caisson
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Preparing the ashes for transport by the horse-drawn caisson
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Preparing the ashes for transport by the horse-drawn caisson
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Preparing the ashes for transport by the horse-drawn caisson
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The horse-drawn caisson moves towards the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The horse-drawn caisson moves towards the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The horse-drawn caisson moves towards the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The horse-drawn caisson moves towards the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The horse-drawn caisson arrives at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The horse-drawn caisson arrives at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The honorguard stays in the background at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery

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The ashes are carried from the horse-drawn caisson to the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery

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The horse-drawn caisson leaves the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The US Navy gun salute squad  near the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The formal ceremony at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The flag ceremony at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The flag ceremony at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The flag ceremony at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The flag ceremony at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The flag ceremony at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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The flag ceremony at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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Presentation of flag ceremony at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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Presentation of flag ceremony at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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Presentation of flag ceremony at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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Presentation of flag ceremony at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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Inurnment at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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Inurnment at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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Ensign Everett, following the path of "Aunt Katharine" and "Uncle Frank".
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Temporary inurnment identifier at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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Final resting place for Catain and Commander Maugans (USN, ret,)Up the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery
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