Events


Saturday, April 04, 2015 6:00 PM

Join the National Park Service at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial for a special evening program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, VA on April 9, 1865.

The program includes period music, dancing and special walking tours to the graves of Union officers who were present at the surrender. Tour the mansion by lamplight. Learn dance steps of the period with the Arlington House Victorian Dance Society and music by Susquehanna Travelers. Take advantage of a rare opportunity to visit Arlington House at night and see the skyline of Washington lit up.

The programs are free and appropriate for all ages.

Reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail: arlingtonhouseevents@nps.gov. 

Arlington House is in the center of Arlington National Cemetery which is accessible by the Blue Line of the Metrorail. Parking at Arlington House is available with a reservation for the program. For reservations or questions about the program e-mail: arlingtonhouseevents@nps.gov. 

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Sunday, April 05, 2015 6:15 AM

The annual Easter Sunrise Service hosted by the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall commander will be held April 5 in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.

The non-denominational Christian worship service will begin with a prelude by The U. S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own" at 6:15 a.m. The service is scheduled to begin with a call to worship at 6:30 a.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year's Easter sermon will be delivered by U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Howard Stendahl, chief of chaplains. An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be present.

Driving, there are two ways to access the event April 5, with gates opening at 5 a.m:

1. Enter Arlington National Cemetery and park at the cemetery's Parking Garage near the Welcome Center. Parking is free in the garage from 5:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. A free shuttle service will be available to transport all guests. There is NO walking to the amphitheater from the Welcome Center.

2. Enter Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall -- keep in mind that everyone is subject to search -- as follows:

--DoD ID card holders are encouraged to use Wright Gate on the Fort Myer portion of JBM-HH (Marshall Drive at Meade Street, off of Route 110) or Gate 1 (South Orme Street and Southgate Road) on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base.

--Non-federally-affiliated visitors (those without a federal ID card) must enter Fort Myer via Hatfield Gate at Washington Boulevard and South 2nd Street. You will be directed to the search lane. Be sure to build in extra time for entry to Fort Myer.

A free shuttle service will provide transportation to the amphitheater beginning at 5:15 a.m. from both the Welcome Center and JBM-HH's Old Post Chapel Gate. Ample free parking is available in the Parking Garage at the cemetery, in the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel parking lot and in the portion of the Tri-Services parking lot flanked by the cemetery boundary wall and McNair Road.

All pedestrians may enter the cemetery from the Selfridge Gate on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base at the cemetery boundary wall across from Spates Community Club; there is ample parking in this lot.

Do's and Don'ts:

DOs --
* Attendees may bring blankets and cushions to ease sitting on the cold stone benches in the amphitheater.

--Other authorized items --
* Diaper bags
* Strollers
* Plastic water bottles
* Cameras
* Cell phones
All hand-carried items are subject to search upon gaining access.

DON'Ts --
* For the safety and security of everyone and to maintain the dignity and solemnity of the Easter Sunrise Service, the amphitheater will be the only site for celebration (no independent activities outside the amphitheater during the service). 

-- Other prohibited items --
* No weapons
* No backpacks or coolers
* No folding chairs
* No pyrotechnics
* No alcohol
* No pets (except certified service animals)
* No glass containers 

For more information, call 703-696-6635.

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Thursday, April 09, 2015 1:00 PM

Join the National Park Service at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial for a special program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, VA on April 9, 1865.

The program includes a performance of the nation’s preeminent Civil War era brass band, the Federal City Brass Band, and learn about the surrender from a park ranger. Living historians portraying General Lee, General Grant and Mary Custis Lee will be on hand to discuss the history. The program will take place at exactly the time the surrender took place 150 years ago.

The programs are free and appropriate for all ages.

Reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail: arlingtonhouseevents@nps.gov. 

Arlington House is in the center of Arlington National Cemetery which is accessible by the Blue Line of the Metrorail. Parking at Arlington House is available with a reservation for the program. For reservations or questions about the program e-mail: arlingtonhouseevents@nps.gov. 

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 10:00 AM

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (SEAC), and the Service Senior Enlisted Advisors for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard celebrate 2015 Armed Forces Day at Arlington National Cemetery in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier May 16 at 10 a.m.  A concert in the Amphitheater will immediately follow the wreath-laying ceremony featuring patriot selections by one of our premier military bands in the Military District of Washington area. We encourage patrons to join us for the 30-minute performance and photos with the senior enlisted advisors at the conclusion of the concert.

The following senior enlisted leaders are scheduled to participate in the day’s festivities: Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey; Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald Green; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens; Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May.  Armed Forces Week begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May.

On this day, our most-senior enlisted leaders in our Armed Forces celebrate the millions of America’s sons and daughters, past and present, who embrace and reflect courage, honor, strength, duty dedication and excellence.

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