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Wreaths Across America 2016

Wreaths Across America 2016

November 30, 2016


The annual Wreaths Across America event will be held at Arlington National Cemetery Saturday, December 17, 2016.


The cemetery will be closed to vehicle traffic until 3 p.m. ANC Tours, Arlington’s interpretative bus tour, will not operate this day. This is a walking event. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring refillable water bottles. Temporary restrooms will be located throughout the cemetery.



Schedule of Events

7 a.m. -- Metro rail opens (system-wide).**

**Be aware that Metro’s Safe Track Surge #11 is underway. The Orange and Silver Lines will experience service reductions. Check for more information.


8 a.m. -- Visitors Center Parking Garage opens for ANC Family Pass and Handicap Pass ONLY. Arlington National Cemetery Gates Open.


8:15-8:30 a.m. -- Wreaths Across America Truck Convoy arrives at Arlington’s Main Gate (time approx.)


9:30 a.m. -- Opening Ceremony (McClellan Gate).


10 a.m. -- Wreath laying begins throughout the cemetery.


Noon -- Wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


Parking Information

For safety reasons, no general public vehicles/ANC Family passes/Disability vehicles are allowed inside Arlington National Cemetery until 3 p.m. Families with permanent parking passes (ANC Family passes) can park in the Visitors Center Garage free-of-charge until 3 p.m. For those with disabilities, the Administration Parking Lot is designated parking.


There is public parking available in the Eads, Fern and Joyce lots. The Eads, Fern and Joyce lots are each about the same distance to the south Service Complex gate (the gate between the Air Force and Pentagon Memorials).


Metro Information 


Because of the large number of volunteers and lack of adequate parking, participants are highly encouraged to take Metro.


Metro stops:


1) Arlington Cemetery: Blue Line; Cemetery entrance: Main -- Follow signs to enter Visitor Center main gate.


2) Rosslyn: Orange and Blue Lines; Cemetery entrance: Ord & Weitzel (.7 mi) -- Follow signs to Iwo Jima Memorial. Continue south downhill toward cemetery. Entrance is an iron gate across the street from the end of the Iwo Jima Memorial access road.


**Metro Safe Tracking Surge #11: Orange Line trains will continuously single track between West Falls Church and East Falls Church from November 28 through December 21, 2016. Expect crowding on Orange/Silver line trains.


3) Pentagon: Yellow and Blue Lines; Cemetery entrance: south Service Complex (.7 mi) -- Follow signs to Pentagon Memorial. Go west under S. Washington Blvd. Gate on right, off Columbia Pike, downhill from the Air Force Memorial.


4) Pentagon City: Yellow and Blue Lines; Cemetery entrance: south Service Complex (.9 mi) -- Follow signs to the Pentagon Memorial. Cross under I-395 pedestrian tunnel. Go west under S. Washington Blvd. Gate on right, off Columbia Pike, downhill from the Air Force Memorial.




Arlington National Cemetery is phasing in security measures for those who visit the cemetery. In addition to random ID checks and other security measures already in place, the cemetery will require visitors to go through additional physical screening. We urge everyone to allow addition time to go through security screening when visiting the cemetery, especially large tour groups.  We recommend visitors bring minimal to no bags to expedite the screening process.


Arlington National Cemetery Gates Open For Public Access (clockwise from north):


• Ord & Weitzel (north side) south of the Netherlands Carillon and the Iwo Jima Memorial

• Visitor Center main gates

• South Service Complex off Columbia Pike between the Air Force and Pentagon Memorials

• Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (northwest side) near the Old Post Chapel (DoD ID required)



For more information, go to

Enhanced security measures coming to Arlington National Cemetery

September 12, 2016
 “Arlington is taking advanced security precautions to protect visitors, family members and staff. These security measures will be similar to the ones at museums in the National Capitol Region,” said Patrick K. Hallinan, Arlington National Cemetery executive director.

Arlington National Cemetery developing options to extend the life of the cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery developing options to extend the life of the cemetery

August 30, 2016


The Honor Subcommittee, part of the Advisory Committee for Arlington National Cemetery met on Aug. 23 to discuss alternatives to extend the life of active burials at Arlington well into the future.

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

If the cemetery continues with its current interment and inurnment rate, it will run out 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 ANC should focus on once all available space is used. 

The Honor Subcommittee also addresses the current eligibility requirements for interment and inurnment at ANC to ensure that recommendations serve and protect the interests of all service members and veterans, surviving family members, and the American public. Difficult choices need to be made regarding how ANC can continue to serve our Nation's veterans and their families well into the future. Now is the time to consider these options.



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