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. Anyone who is granted vehicular access to the cemetery, such as families with permanent family passes, funeral attendees, or employees, may be required to present a valid government identification when entering the cemetery and will be subject to random inspections. Family members with permanent gravesite vehicle passes may continue to drive to their loved ones’ grave after presenting a valid driver’s license with the appropriate pass.
Starting in November for Pedestrians:
All pedestrian traffic will be required to enter Arlington National Cemetery at four access points:
The cemetery’s main entrance on Memorial Avenue
Ord & Weitzel Gate
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Old Post Chapel Gate
Service Complex Gate off of Columbia Pike
The pedestrian access point from Memorial Avenue will be through the Welcome Center. There will be express screening lines for visitors who do not have bags. Those with disabilities will also have express lines for 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.
Visitors will likely also see armed personnel inside buildings and on the grounds of the cemetery. 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.
Patrick K. Hallinan, Arlington National Cemetery executive director:
“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.”