Arlington National Cemetery reopens ahead of Memorial Day
Masks are no longer needed outside the cemetery, if you are fully vaccinated, officials said.
ARLINGTON, Virginia – Arlington National Cemetery has revoked some of its COVID-19 restrictions in place since last year, according to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Just in time for Memorial Day, here are some of the new protocols in place:
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Tomb of President John F. Kennedy will now be fully open with models of free movement.
- The Memorial Amphitheater and Visitor Center exhibits are now open (face masks are required for indoor rooms)
- At this time, the bowl of the Memorial Amphitheater is still closed for restoration.
- Customers visiting an indoor facility are required to wear a face mask.
- Masks are no longer needed outdoors.
- The visitor center bookstore will resume its indoor activities on May 27, 2021.
“Over the past year, it was important that we continue to support Arlington’s sacred mission of putting our nation’s veterans to rest. We are very happy families and visitors can have a full visitor experience to honor, remember and explore. In addition, anyone will now be able to participate in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier centenary commemoration programs in person, visiting the visitor center and Memorial Amphitheater exhibition hall exhibits and special programs offered. by our historians, ”Karen Durham-Aguilera, executive director of the Office of Army National Cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery, said in a statement.
The virtual tour remains available thanks to the new education program of the ANC, here.
More information on COVID procedures at Arlington National Cemetery can be found on the cemetery site.
In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, the Veterans National Cemeteries will allow the placement of mass flags across the United States to commemorate Memorial Day.
“Memorial Day is a sacred day when we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom,” said AV Secretary Denis McDonough. “We can never forget those heroes and the families who continue to mourn the loss of their mother, father, son, daughter, sister or brother who stood in the gap for each of us to maintain the same democracy that we are in. able to cherish each day. ”
McDonough will preside over the wreath laying at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia on Friday, May 28.
All 155 VA national cemeteries will be open on Memorial Day weekend from dawn until dusk. Cemeteries with fully staffed staff will also hold brief wreath-laying ceremonies followed by a moment of silence and patting during Memorial Day weekend, but these will not be open to the public, the Public Affairs Office. and intergovernmental Veterans Affairs said in a press release.
Volunteers wishing to place flags for the holiday should contact their local national cemetery.
Over the past year, many Memorial Day ceremonies across the country were forced to go virtual due to the ongoing pandemic.
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