Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

Grounds crews move among the headstones of Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, getting ready for thousands of visitors over the Memorial Day weekend. This year a private company has donated 10,000 long-stem red roses for visitors to place on the grave of their choice.  (Photo by Tim Bergling)

Grounds crews move among the headstones of Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, getting ready for thousands of visitors over the Memorial Day weekend. This year a private company has donated 10,000 long-stem red roses for visitors to place on the grave of their choice. (Photo by Tim Bergling)

The annual National Memorial Day Observance to honor America’s fallen military service members is scheduled for Monday, May 30 at Arlington National Cemetery.

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct an Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknowns, to be followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater.

A prelude by the U.S. Marine Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m.Both the wreath-laying ceremony and the observance program are free and open to the general public.  No tickets are needed to attend these events.  Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater.  Attendees are encouraged to be at the Tomb of the Unknowns or seated in the amphitheater by 9:30 a.m.Free parking is available for vehicles in the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor’s Center parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A free shuttle service will provide transportation to Memorial Amphitheater beginning at 8 a.m.  Walking to the amphitheater is prohibited.  After the observance is over, shuttles will provide transportation back to the visitor’s center until 1 p.m.Attendees will be required to pass through a security checkpoint to gain access to the ceremony.

Prohibited items include: large bags or backpacks, firearms and weapons of any type, laser pointers, aerosol containers, soda cans, umbrellas, coolers, picnic baskets, bottled water, tripods, lighters, personal protection sprays, and insulated beverage containers.

NOTE:  DoD identification card holders will not be permitted to walk from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall into the cemetery.  Instead, they must park on post and board a free shuttle bus at the Fort Myer Memorial Chapel.  The shuttle service is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. For a full schedule of all events at Arlington National Cemetery, click here.

Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, 28 MAY11:15 AM – Run for the Wall Motorcycle Group, Public Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier12:00 PM – Vietnam Era-Intertribal Association Pipe Ceremony, Inter-Tribal Association Memorial Tree, Section 8 (Near Intersection of Patton and Eisenhower Drives)2:00 PM – Rolling Thunder Desert One Memorial Group Wreath Laying, Section 46, Grave 1129-3, Grave of Richard Bakke, Harold Lewis, Jr., and Joel Mayo.

SUNDAY, 29 MAY9:00 AM – Japanese American Citizens League, Memorial Service in Columbarium Shelter10:00 AM – Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Ceremony at the President Kennedy Gravesite (Birthday Anniversary Wreath Laying)10:00 AM – Pan American Foundation, Roll Call of Honor, Old Amphitheater

MONDAY, 30 MAY11:00 AM – Memorial Day Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Laying And Memorial Sergice, Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier And Memorial Amphitheater12:15 PM – (APPROX) Grand Army of the Republic, Veterans Service Organizations Mass Wreath Laying Ceremony, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier2:55 PM – National Moment of Silence, No Greater Love Organization, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier5:00 PM – Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Memorial Service, Tomb of the Unknowns from the Civil War



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