This Month in Arlington History


The USS Maine Mast Memorial in section 24 of Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated Feb. 15, 1915, 17 years after the battleship exploded on the night of Feb. 15, 1898 in Havana Harbor, Cuba. The mast is the actual main mast from the USS Maine. There are 229 casualties of the Maine buried in section 24 near the memorial.

Currently, the Mast of the Maine is undergoing a two-phase project by the National Park Service to restore features of the memorial that have been lost, damaged or altered over the years. The project is expected to be complete by Memorial Day 2014.

Click here to learn more about the USS Maine.