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ANC developing options to extend future burial space

ANC developing options to extend future burial space

August 30, 2016

The Honor Subcommittee for the Advisory Committee for Arlington National Cemetery met on Aug. 23 to discuss options regarding extending the life of active burials well into the future.

Arlington National Cemetery is currently developing a report to Congress in accordance with Public Law 114-158, which outlines options that the Secretary of the Army may consider to keep the cemetery open for first interments and inurnments until well into the future.  The options being considered include: continuing with the existing eligibility, expansion options, and changing eligibility. 

If Arlington National Cemetery continues with its current interment and inurnment rate, it will run of of space for first interments and inurnments within the next 25 years.

The report is due to Congress mid-November.

Established within the charter of the Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery, the Honor Subcommittee provides an independent assessment of methods to address the long-term future of the Army national cemeteries, including how best to extend the active burials and what Arlington should focus on once all available space is used. 

The Honor Subcommittee also addresses the current eligibility requirements for interment and inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery to ensure that recommendations serve and protect the interests of all service members and veterans, surviving family members, and the American public. 

ANC Visitors: Be Prepared - It's going to be hot!

ANC Visitors: Be Prepared - It's going to be hot!

July 04, 2016

The weather is expected to stay hot and humid! If you are planning on visiting the cemetery, please drink plenty of water and bring a clear, plastic refillable water bottle with you. Also wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing.

Enhanced Security Measures

Enhanced Security Measures

June 07, 2016

Arlington National Cemetery has begun enhanced security measures for those who work at or visit the cemetery. Visitors, employees and contractors will be subject to random inspections and may be required to present a valid government identification when entering cemetery. Visitors may see armed personnel inside buildings and on the grounds of the cemetery.

"Arlington is taking additional security precautions to protect visitors, family members and staff. We are asking people to report suspicious activity - if you see something, say something," said Patrick K. Hallinan, Arlington National Cemetery Executive Director.

Please call Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Department of Emergency Services at 703-588-2800 to report suspicious activity. Call 9-1-1 for emergency situations.

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Turf Renovations Underway

Turf Renovations Underway

June 06, 2016

Arlington National Cemetery annually renovates more than 30 acres of turf. This process involves removing the old turf and weeds, tilling the soil, grading the grave sites, and planting new grass from seed. Each year the Horticulture Division assigns sections for renovation as needed. The long term result will be a much healthier, thicker turf and ground that is much more level.

Renovations this year will take place in parts of sections 7, 17, and 18, as well as all of sections 19, 22, 23, 24, and 46. For the next several weeks, you will notice signs and work being performed in these sections.

Please limit walking in these areas as much as possible, but feel free to continue to visit and leave flowers at grave sites in these sections.

Arlington National Cemetery announces its 2016 schedule of special narrated tours

June 03, 2016

Arlington National Cemetery’s History Office developed a series of informative lectures and tours that highlight the history of the United States through the eyes of its heroes buried at Arlington and the military conflicts that shaped the cemetery and the nation. The tours are narrated by Arlington National Cemetery historians and free of charge. Registration is required through Eventbrite. All tours start at Welcome Center at Arlington National Cemetery and require some walking. Women in Military Service Date: March 18, 2016 Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Start Location: Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center