Two teenagers, wearing appropriate attire, participate in a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Dress Code for Public Wreath Ceremonies

Personal appearance and dress of persons participating in ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier should adhere to the standards expected of such dignified occasions. The minimum standard is business casual, defined as:

  • For men: A collared shirt (such as a dress shirt or polo shirt) and trousers (such as khakis or blue, green, brown or black trousers) with a belt and appropriate shoes. A blazer or business jacket and tie can be added.

  • For women: A reasonable length skirt (knee length) or trousers of a non-denim material, combined with a top that covers the shoulders (such as a blouse, dress shirt or sweater set) and appropriate shoes. An informal dress with appropriate skirt length is also acceptable.

  • School uniforms will be allowed as long as an adult official from the school confirms that the student’s attire is in accordance with the school uniform policy.

The following attire is considered not appropriate for participation in the ceremonies:

  • Blue jeans or denim pants
  • Ripped clothing
  • Athletic wear
  • Patched pants
  • Shorts of any kind (except when part of an established uniform: e.g. school uniforms, scout uniforms, foreign or period military uniforms)
  • Tee shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Halter tops
  • Underwear as outerwear
  • Shirts that expose the midriff
  • Miniskirts
  • Sneakers
  • Open-toed shoes (for women, nice sandals — not flip-flops — are appropriate during warmer months)

The Executive Director, Army National Cemeteries Program, or designated representatives; the Sergeant of the Guard; and relief commanders have the authority to prohibit a person in inappropriate attire from participating in a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

View general information about public wreath laying ceremonies.