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Amid the COVID pandemic, Arlington National Cemetery continued our primary mission of laying to rest those few who have served our nation with dignity and honor, while immersing guests in the cemetery’s living history. Please enjoy a few of our favorite moments of 2020 at Arlington National Cemetery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arlingtonnatl/albums/72157717157233606/.
ARLINGTON, VA – This year, Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) will hold its National Wreath Day event via Facebook Live on December 19, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The virtual event, featured on ANC’s Facebook page, will showcase the past week’s wreath placements. It will include vista views of gravesites decorated with wreaths, interesting historical facts about the cemetery, beautiful images from the week’s activities and live video of the final placement of wreaths inside the cemetery.
For the remainder of the week of December 16-19, Arlington National Cemetery will be closed to the general public. Family pass holders ONLY will be welcome to visit their loved one’s grave and to lay a personal wreath or floral tribute from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
During the week of December 13-19, the cemetery will be closed to the general public. On Sunday, December 13, family pass holders ONLY will be welcomed to lay a Wreath Across America (WAA) wreath at their loved ones’ graves from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ARLINGTON, VA – Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) and Wreaths Across America (WAA), along with our partners the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW) and the 3d U.S. Infantry, “The Old Guard” (TOG), will safely lay and recover approximately 267,000 wreaths to honor our nation’s heroes and their family members this December.
Arlington National Cemetery maintains our commitment to honor the nation’s veterans that rest on these iconic grounds. In doing so, we are collaborating with Wreaths Across America to ensure placement of wreaths on every appropriate grave and marker, while providing the safest event possible. As soon as event participation details are final, we will make them available on our website, social media platforms and public news announcements.
McPherson Drive—a primary thoroughfare on the western side of the cemetery, parallel to Fort Myer—will be closed for necessary repairs beginning October 15. The closure is expected to last until the summer of 2021.
Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) announces a limited reopening to visitors on Wednesday, September 9 to allow gravesite visitations to our veterans and families laid to rest in these hallowed grounds.
The following road closures take effect on August 17, 2020 and will continue through May 2021:
• McPherson Drive is closed from Pershing Drive to the intersection of Farragut Drive. Farragut Drive is open.
• McKinley Drive, Miles Drive, Capron Drive, Chapel Gate Road, Lawton Drive and Jackson Circle will all be closed through May 2021.
In Sections 33 and 60, turf renovations are now taking place and will continue for the next six to eight weeks. For more detailed information and an interview with ANC's chief of horticulture, please read our blog post.