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Veterans Day National Observance - Arlington National Cemetery

By October 30, 2013

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Veterans Day 2013 - Each year on Veterans Day, the Veterans Day National Ceremony takes place at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. This moving and memorable annual observance is free and open to the general public. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2013, a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by an observance program in the Memorial Amphitheater. The event will commence with a prelude concert performed inside the amphitheater by The U.S. Navy Band at 10:30 a.m.

The Arlington National Cemetery Visitors Center parking lot will provide free Veterans Day parking all day. For visitors arriving by Metro, the Visitors Center is about a quarter mile walk from the Arlington National Cemetery stop on the Blue Line. Walking to the Memorial Amphitheater is prohibited. A free shuttle service will provide transportation between the Visitors Center and the Memorial Amphitheater. Fort Myer will operate a free shuttle for DoD Identification card holders from the Fort Myer Memorial Chapel parking lot. Walking from Fort Myer to the Memorial Amphitheater is prohibited.

Attendees are required to pass through a security checkpoint to gain access to the ceremony and the security screening lines may become long. The last shuttles from the Welcome Center and Ft Myer will depart at 10:15 a.m. or once capacity is reached. Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony. Seating in the Amphitheater is limited and first come - first served, so it is advisable to plan to arrive early. The cemetery gates will open and the free shuttle service will begin at 8 a.m.

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