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Be Prepared - It's going to be hot this Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2016

The weather is expected to be hot and humid this Memorial Day Weekend. If you 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. Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Interpretative Tour Bus Service will resume after 2:30 p.m. on Memorial Day

May 27, 2016

Due to the National Memorial Day Observance Program, on Monday, May 30th, the interpretative tour bus service within the grounds of the Arlington National Cemetery will not operate until 2:30 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Roses to Honor Fallen Troops Available on Memorial Day

May 26, 2016
National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery

National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery

May 09, 2016
The 148th annual National Memorial Day Observance to honor America’s fallen military service members is scheduled for Monday, May 30 at Arlington National Cemetery.

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to be followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater. A prelude by the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m.

Both the wreath-laying ceremony and the observance program are free and open to the general public.  No tickets are needed to attend these events.  Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater.  Attendees are encouraged to be at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or seated in the amphitheater by 9:30 a.m.

Free parking is available for vehicles in the Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center’s parking lot from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  A free shuttle service will provide transportation to the Memorial Amphitheater beginning at 8 a.m.  Walking to the amphitheater is prohibited.  After the observance, shuttles will provide transportation back to the welcome center until 2 p.m.

Attendees will be required to pass through a security checkpoint to gain access to the ceremony.  Prohibited items include: large bags or backpacks, firearms and weapons of any type, laser pointers, aerosol containers, soda cans, umbrellas, coolers, picnic baskets, tripods, lighters, screwdrivers (or similar tools), air horns, personal protection sprays, and insulated beverage containers.

Clear plastic water bottles are permitted.

NOTE:  DoD identification card holders will not be permitted to walk from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall into the cemetery.  Instead, they must park their vehicles on post and board a free shuttle bus at the Fort Myer Memorial Chapel.  The shuttle service is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. After the observance, shuttles will provide transportation back to Fort Myer Memorial Chapel.

For more information, send an email to the U.S. Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office at or call 202-685-4645.

Southern Expansion Project Public Scoping Meeting

Southern Expansion Project Public Scoping Meeting

April 28, 2016

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, a Public Scoping Meeting was held to discus the proposed Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) Southern Expansion Project and Associated Roadway Realignment in Arlington County.

ANC is proposing to increase its contiguous acreage by utilizing an area adjacent to the existing cemetery, the former Navy Annex site, now known as the Southern Expansion site. To accomplish this, the cemetery has been working with the owners and operators of the adjacent road network, Arlington County and VDOT, to pursue a roadway realignment and land exchange agreement.

For more information visit the project website:…/militaryconst…/ANCSouthernExpansion

Scoping comments may be submitted until May 31, 2016, at