The Arlington National Cemetery is one of the nation’s largest military cemeteries, and if you live in Arlington, you probably pass it when driving around town. When you have a loved one who died defending freedom, the cemetery takes on a special significance. For a solemn remembrance of fallen warriors this Memorial Day, make the short drive from your Arlington home for one of several events honoring the fallen.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, join the U.S. Army Military District of Washington for a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The U.S. Air Force Band will play a prelude in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheatre at 10:30 a.m., and the ceremony will be followed by an observance program in the amphitheatre. Both events are free and open to the public. If you plan to attend these observances close to your Arlington home, you are encouraged to arrive by 9:30 a.m. Parking is free until 2 p.m., and a free shuttle will provide transportation to the Memorial Amphitheatre from 8 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. For more information on parking details or other aspects such as specific gravesite locations or more news and events, please click here to visit the Arlington Cemetery online.