Events


Saturday, May 30, 2015 9:00 AM

Arlington Natioinal Cemetery is hosting a wreath ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the USS Maine Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. On Memorial Day, May 30, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson dedicated the USS Maine Memorial in honor of those who lost their lives in the destruction of the of the USS Maine at Havana, Cuba, February 15, 1898. Two hundred-fifty on board were killed at the time of the explosion and 102 were saved, but seven later died because of wounds incurred in the explosion.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 5:00 PM

The Lincoln-Cushing Camp No. 2 of the Sons of Union Veterans is hosting a traditional Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery’s James Tanner Amphitheater.  The event starts at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

 

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was officially proclaimed in 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The first national observance was held at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868. In the early 1870s, Arlington’s national observance drew crowds of 25,000 a year – more than the population of Washington, D.C. at the time. The observance provides a glimpse of how Memorial Day was conducted after the Civil War, including participants in period uniforms.

 

About the James Tanner Amphitheater:

 

Last year, as part of Arlington National Cemetery's 150th Anniversary Observance, the original amphitheater was named in honor of Corporal James R. Tanner in conjunction with the annual Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Decoration Day observance. 

 

Tanner, a corporal in the 87th New York Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, suffered a gruesome wound at the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862 which resulted in the loss of both legs. After the war, this wounded warrior became a stenographer and was present both at Abraham Lincoln's deathbed and during the trial of the Lincoln conspirators. He was an advocate for veterans' rights and served for a time as the Commissioner of Pensions. He later became the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic. He is now buried a few yards from the structure that will bear his name in Section 2, grave 877.

 

Originally built in 1873 for the celebration of the fifth Decoration Day, the "Old" Amphitheater played a crucial role in all May 30 celebrations at Arlington National Cemetery until 1920 when the larger Memorial Amphitheater was dedicated.

 

During those 47 years, Presidents, Commanders-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (a veterans organization for those who had served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, and Revenue Cutter Service during the Civil War), and other dignitaries addressed tens of thousands who traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to honor America's fallen service members.

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Friday, June 05, 2015 9:00 AM

Arlington National Cemetery has long been recognized as a place of beauty,with the trees and plantings contributing greatly to the overall character and iconic image of the cemetery as one of the Nation's most sacred places. In this tour you will learn firsthand from the cemetery's horticulture division chief and Master Arborist Steve Van Hoven about the cemetery's Memorial Arboretum, recently accredited by Arbnet as a Level II arboretum. You'll gain insight into the urban forestry program, including its extensive tree collection and state champion trees; its turf and ground maintenance; and the variety of techniques used to create some of the most breathtaking formal and informal landscapes and gardens.

 

Tour is free, but you must register. Space is limited. Tour starts in the Welcome Center lobby. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water with you.

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Friday, June 19, 2015 9:00 AM

Contemporary landscaping techniques recognize the importance of bees, birds, butterflies and bats on our ecosystems. In this tour join Arlington's own horticulturist Kelly Wilson as you learn about the ways Arlington is embracing the value of pollinators with some of its sustainable landscapes around the cemetery.

 

Tour is free, but you must register. Space is limited. Tour starts in the Welcome Center lobby. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water with you.

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