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Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia
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1 Memorial DriveFort MyerVirginia22211
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Arlington National Cemetery

Designated an official military cemetery in 1864; more than 300,000 people are buried at Arlington, including veterans from every U.S.-involved war from the American Revolution to the war in Iraq. In addition to the grave of President John F. Kennedy, one of the most visited landmarks in the cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the Changing of Guards ceremony takes place. An average of 28 funerals are held each day at Arlington National Cemetery.

What kind of ceremonies take place in the national cemetery?

On Memorial Day, Veterans Day and special occasions an official wreath laying ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The Changing of Guards ceremony takes place daily.

Are there restrictions on visiting the cemetery?

Access by car is limited. A dress code is enforced for those participating in ceremonies and the laying of wreaths. No shorts or jeans are allowed. Refer to the website for complete details.

The Changing of Guards Ceremony

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The guard is changed every hour on the hour from October to March 31. The ritual takes place on the half hour from April 1 to September 30.

How to get around and parking information

The general public may enter the cemetery by car via the parking garage located near the Visitors' Center, then take a bus tour. Vehicular access on the grounds is limited.


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