Secret burial site of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is revealed

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  • Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was buried at Fairfax Memorial Park in Virginia after his funeral nearly seven months ago
  • His family asked for privacy when it was time to bury his remains following his death on February 13th
  • Scalia is the first Supreme Court justice to be buried at the cemetery
  • The most justices — a dozen — are buried at Arlington National Cemetery 

The private burial site of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been revealed by internet sleuths. 

Scalia’s funeral was attended by thousands and was also carried on live television. 

However, his family asked for privacy when it was time to bury his remains and officials with the Supreme Court declined to state where he was being laid to rest. 

Nearly seven months after his death, the location of Scalia’s grave has become public with the help of a website.

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The location of Scalia’s grave — at Fairfax Memorial Park in Virginia — was recorded on the cemetery website Findagrave.com with precision: Garden of the Crucifixion, Lot 870, Site A. 

A contributor to the site added photos, too. 

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Recently Wikipedia added the location and a photo to Scalia’s page.

Citing privacy, cemetery President Michael H. Doherty declined to discuss the late justice or say how frequently visitors ask for help finding Scalia’s gravesite in the cemetery that is dotted with brightly colored artificial flowers and in-ground memorial markers rather than headstones. 

But the cemetery will direct anyone who asks, its standard practice for any gravesite, though with the information posted online, visitors don’t necessarily need help. 

When an Associated Press reporter visited recently, a bronze vase that’s part of the justice’s gravesite was empty; Find A Grave’s pictures from May showed fresh flowers.

Scalia is the first Supreme Court justice to be buried at the cemetery. 

Some are buried at Rock Creek Cemetery and Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington and Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, Maryland.

By far the most justices — a dozen — are buried at Arlington National Cemetery, over the Potomac River from Washington and just over 3 miles from the Supreme Court building. 

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was the last justice to be buried at Arlington, in 2005. 

The late spouses of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former Justice John Paul Stevens are also buried there, a clear indication of their own plans. 

Stevens’ headstone already lists the 96-year-old’s name without a day of death. While the cemetery is a military cemetery, not all the justices buried there served in the armed forces.

The fact that Scalia’s family chose Fairfax Memorial Park is not particularly surprising. The family-run cemetery has Catholic roots, and Scalia was a devout Catholic. 

His son-in-law, Craig Britton Courtney, who died in 2011, is buried there in a plot near Scalia’s. 

And at the time of Scalia’s death, it was public that his body was taken to Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, which is on the grounds of the cemetery, after it was flown from Texas, where he died.

Though Scalia may be the most famous of the some 30,000 people buried in the 128-acre cemetery, he is not the only conservative legal heavyweight. 

Former D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Bork, whose nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by the Senate, was buried at the cemetery in 2012. 

Regina F. Graham via Dialymail.com

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