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National Memorial Day Observance


WASHINGTON – The nation’s 155th National Memorial Day Wreath-Laying and Observance Program to honor America’s fallen will be live-streamed from Arlington National Cemetery beginning at 11 a.m. EDT, Monday, May 29.

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by an observance program in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. A prelude by the U.S. Navy Band and Sea Chanters will begin in the amphitheater at 10:15 a.m.

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will lay the wreath at the ceremony, hosted by Maj. Gen. Allan M. Pepin, commanding general of Joint Task Force-National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. Attendance at the wreath-laying ceremony will be limited to official participants only.

The 28th Secretary of Defense, Lloyd J. Austin III, will host the Department of Defense observance program in the Memorial Amphitheater.

•  Seating for this portion of the observance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

•  A free shuttle service will provide transportation from Arlington National Cemetery’s Welcome Center to the Memorial Amphitheater beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. until the amphitheater reaches capacity.

•  Please expect service interruptions. Walking to the amphitheater is prohibited. After the Observance Program, shuttles will provide transportation back to the Welcome Center until 2 p.m.

The public is encouraged to view the ceremony and observance program live at: www.dvidshub.net/webcast/32025.

Free parking is available at the Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center parking lot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family pass holders will be able to enter the cemetery via Memorial Avenue or through the 123 Service Gate. Pedestrians may access the cemetery through the Welcome Center, Ord and Wetzel Gate, 123 Service Gate and Old Post Chapel Gate (for DoD ID card holders only). At various times during the National Memorial Day Observance, there will be delays entering and exiting the cemetery, as well as movement freezes inside the cemetery.

NOTE: Attendees will be required to pass through a security checkpoint to gain access to the cemetery and Memorial Amphitheater. Prohibited items include: large bags or backpacks, firearms and weapons of any type, laser pointers, aerosol containers, soda cans, coolers, picnic baskets, tripods, lighters, screwdrivers (or similar tools), air horns, personal protection sprays, and insulated beverage containers. Clear plastic water bottles and umbrellas are permitted.

For more information about the wreath-laying or observance program, email the U.S. Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office at usarmy.mcnair.mdw.mbx.mediadesk-omb@mail.mil.