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Arlington National Cemetery

150th Anniversary

Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. The common thread of service to country binds all who are remembered and honored there for their willingness to defend and protect our freedoms in every conflict our nation has seen – from the Civil War to those of the 21st century.

Commemoration Events

  • Wreath Laying Ceremony

    May 13, 2014

    Wreath Laying Ceremony at the grave of Pvt. William Christman. (Free)

  • History of Arlington National Cemetery

    May 13, 2014

    Lecture on the History of Arlington National Cemetery. (Free)

  • The American
    Civil War

    May 19, 2014

    The American Civil War 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

  • Uncle Sam's
    Little Wars

    May 20, 2014

    Uncle Sam's Little Wars, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

  • World War I

    May 21, 2014

    World War I: Bringing our Heroes Home, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

  • World War II

    May 22, 2014

    World War II: The Greatest Generation, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

  • The Cold War

    May 23, 2014

    U.S. Military and the Cold War, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

  • Old Amphitheater

    May 30, 2014

    Renaming ceremony for the Old Amphitheater, part of the Decoration Day Observance. (Free)

  • The American
    Civil War

    June 2, 2014

    The American Civil War, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

  • World War I

    June 3, 2014

    World War I: Bringing our Heroes Home, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

  • Late 20th Century
    to the Present

    June 4, 2014

    Late 20th Century to the Present, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

  • Monuments and Memorials

    June 5, 2014

    Monuments and Memorials, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

  • Medal of Honor

    June 6, 2014

    Medal of Honor, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

  • Arlington at 150 Observance Program

    June 15, 2014

    A tribute to Arlington's Past, Present and Future. (Free)

  • Wreath Laying Ceremony

    June 16, 2014

    Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Amphitheater, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Free)

List of Events | Guided Tours

Wreath Laying Ceremony
Date: May 13, 2014
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Arlington, Section 27

Wreath Laying Ceremony at the grave of Pvt. William Christman, the first military burial at Arlington; Section 27, grave 19; 9 a.m.
(Free)

History of Arlington National Cemetery
Date: May 13, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lecture on the History of Arlington National Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(Free)

The American Civil War
Date: May 19, 2014 and June 2, 2014
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Start Location: Women in Military Service for America Memorial

The American Civil War (1861-1865), also known as "The War Between the States," pitted neighbor against neighbor and brother against brother. By the time it ended in Confederate surrender in 1865, the Civil War proved to be the costliest war ever fought on American soil. Arlington National Cemetery was created to bury the war dead. This tour explores how the Arlington Estate came to be Arlington National Cemetery and historical figures from this conflict.
(Ticket required)


ANC 150th Anniversary Tours
As part of Arlington National Cemetery 150th anniversary commemoration, Arlington has partnered with ANC Tours by Martz Gray Line to provide a series of narrated tours that explore Arlington's rich history. Tours will include transportation around the cemetery, a speaker and a narrator from the Arlington National Cemetery History Office.

ANC Tours by Martz operates the only authorized riding interpretive tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Tickets for "Arlington at 150" tours are available for purchase at the ANC Tours ticket counter in the cemetery's Welcome Center, by visiting www.anctours.com/Arlingtonat150.php, or by calling (202) 488-1012. Cost is $9.00 per person, per tour.

Uncle Sam's Little Wars
Date: May 20, 2014
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Start Location: Women in Military Service for America Memorial

The War of 1812, various Indians campaigns, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, as well as interventions in the early 20th century are collectively referred to as "Uncle Sam's Little Wars." Arlington National Cemetery was greatly impacted by "Uncle Sam's Little Wars." The first repatriations came from causalities of the Spanish-American War. Stops will include the War of 1812 Unknowns, sections 3, 21, 22, 24, along with a visit to the Mast of the USS Maine.
(Ticket required)


ANC 150th Anniversary Tours
As part of Arlington National Cemetery 150th anniversary commemoration, Arlington has partnered with ANC Tours by Martz Gray Line to provide a series of narrated tours that explore Arlington's rich history. Tours will include transportation around the cemetery, a speaker and a narrator from the Arlington National Cemetery History Office.

ANC Tours by Martz operates the only authorized riding interpretive tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Tickets for "Arlington at 150" tours are available for purchase at the ANC Tours ticket counter in the cemetery's Welcome Center, by visiting www.anctours.com/Arlingtonat150.php, or by calling (202) 488-1012. Cost is $9.00 per person, per tour.

World War I: Bringing our Heroes Home
Date: May 21, 2014 and June 3, 2014
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Start Location: Women in Military Service for America Memorial

As the First World War had a tremendous impact on the United States, it also had a lasting effect on Arlington National Cemetery. Most importantly, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was created, similar to other burials of the unknown dead in Europe after World War I. Stops will include sections 18, 19, the Argonne Cross, section 34, and finish with a tour of the Memorial Amphitheater and watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
(Ticket required)


ANC 150th Anniversary Tours
As part of Arlington National Cemetery 150th anniversary commemoration, Arlington has partnered with ANC Tours by Martz Gray Line to provide a series of narrated tours that explore Arlington's rich history. Tours will include transportation around the cemetery, a speaker and a narrator from the Arlington National Cemetery History Office.

ANC Tours by Martz operates the only authorized riding interpretive tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Tickets for "Arlington at 150" tours are available for purchase at the ANC Tours ticket counter in the cemetery's Welcome Center, by visiting www.anctours.com/Arlingtonat150.php, or by calling (202) 488-1012. Cost is $9.00 per person, per tour.

World War II: The Greatest Generation
Date: May 22, 2014
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Start Location: Women in Military Service for America Memorial

The Second World War was the first war fought globally. More than 11 million Americans, referred to as the "Greatest Generation," fought the Axis aggression on two fronts in Europe and the Pacific. The war continues to have great impact on Arlington National Cemetery as the generation that fought in this war ages, and joins the ranks of those who fought the wars before them. In 1958, the remains of a World War II unknown was added to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tour will include stops in sections 7, 7A, the Battle of the Bulge Memorial (section 21), 35, 36 and 46.
(Ticket required)


ANC 150th Anniversary Tours
As part of Arlington National Cemetery 150th anniversary commemoration, Arlington has partnered with ANC Tours by Martz Gray Line to provide a series of narrated tours that explore Arlington's rich history. Tours will include transportation around the cemetery, a speaker and a narrator from the Arlington National Cemetery History Office.

ANC Tours by Martz operates the only authorized riding interpretive tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Tickets for "Arlington at 150" tours are available for purchase at the ANC Tours ticket counter in the cemetery's Welcome Center, by visiting www.anctours.com/Arlingtonat150.php, or by calling (202) 488-1012. Cost is $9.00 per person, per tour.

U.S. Military and the Cold War
Date: May 23, 2014
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Start Location: Women in Military Service for America Memorial

The Cold War is a term used to describe the conflict between the United States and communist expansion fought on many fronts all over the world, both in open and secret warfare, over a 45 year period after World War II. The first open conflict of the Cold War was fought on the Korean Peninsula from June 1950 through July 1953. Less than 10 years later, the United States would find itself involved in a 10 year conflict in Vietnam. The Cold War would end in the late 1980s not with gun fire, but cheers, as the people of East Berlin tore down the wall that divided the city which was the greatest symbol of the Cold War itself.
(Ticket required)


ANC 150th Anniversary Tours
As part of Arlington National Cemetery 150th anniversary commemoration, Arlington has partnered with ANC Tours by Martz Gray Line to provide a series of narrated tours that explore Arlington's rich history. Tours will include transportation around the cemetery, a speaker and a narrator from the Arlington National Cemetery History Office.

ANC Tours by Martz operates the only authorized riding interpretive tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Tickets for "Arlington at 150" tours are available for purchase at the ANC Tours ticket counter in the cemetery's Welcome Center, by visiting www.anctours.com/Arlingtonat150.php, or by calling (202) 488-1012. Cost is $9.00 per person, per tour.

Renaming the Old Amphitheater
Date: May 30, 2014
Time: 5 p.m.

Renaming ceremony for the Old Amphitheater, part of the Decoration Day Observance co-hosted with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 5 p.m.
(Free)

Late 20th Century to the Present
Date: June 4, 2014
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Start Location: Women in Military Service for America Memorial

With the end of the Cold War and the world's dependency on oil, a new enemy raised its head in extremism. From the bombing of the Beirut barracks in Lebanon in 1983, to the battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, to the attacks on September 11, 2001 and the Global War on Terror, the war on extremism is one of terror and intimate battles. The greatest impact to Arlington National Cemetery can be seen in section 60, sometimes referred to as the saddest acre in America.
(Ticket required)


ANC 150th Anniversary Tours
As part of Arlington National Cemetery 150th anniversary commemoration, Arlington has partnered with ANC Tours by Martz Gray Line to provide a series of narrated tours that explore Arlington's rich history. Tours will include transportation around the cemetery, a speaker and a narrator from the Arlington National Cemetery History Office.

ANC Tours by Martz operates the only authorized riding interpretive tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Tickets for "Arlington at 150" tours are available for purchase at the ANC Tours ticket counter in the cemetery's Welcome Center, by visiting www.anctours.com/Arlingtonat150.php, or by calling (202) 488-1012. Cost is $9.00 per person, per tour.

Monuments and Memorials
Date: June 5, 2014
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Start Location: Women in Military Service for America Memorial

The history of the United States can be seen every day walking through Arlington National Cemetery. At Arlington, America's heroes from every conflict, from the Revolutionary War to the conflicts of the 21st century, are buried within its hallowed grounds. This tour explores notable graves and memorials that illustrate America's rich history.
(Ticket required)


ANC 150th Anniversary Tours
As part of Arlington National Cemetery 150th anniversary commemoration, Arlington has partnered with ANC Tours by Martz Gray Line to provide a series of narrated tours that explore Arlington's rich history. Tours will include transportation around the cemetery, a speaker and a narrator from the Arlington National Cemetery History Office.

ANC Tours by Martz operates the only authorized riding interpretive tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Tickets for "Arlington at 150" tours are available for purchase at the ANC Tours ticket counter in the cemetery's Welcome Center, by visiting www.anctours.com/Arlingtonat150.php, or by calling (202) 488-1012. Cost is $9.00 per person, per tour.

Medal of Honor
Date: June 6, 2014
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Start Location: Women in Military Service for America Memorial

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. There are approximately 407 Medal of Honor recipients buried at Arlington National Cemetery. This tour will cover the story of American conflicts through the valor of Medal of Honor recipients.
(Ticket required)


ANC 150th Anniversary Tours
As part of Arlington National Cemetery 150th anniversary commemoration, Arlington has partnered with ANC Tours by Martz Gray Line to provide a series of narrated tours that explore Arlington's rich history. Tours will include transportation around the cemetery, a speaker and a narrator from the Arlington National Cemetery History Office.

ANC Tours by Martz operates the only authorized riding interpretive tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Tickets for "Arlington at 150" tours are available for purchase at the ANC Tours ticket counter in the cemetery's Welcome Center, by visiting www.anctours.com/Arlingtonat150.php, or by calling (202) 488-1012. Cost is $9.00 per person, per tour.

"Arlington at 150" Observance Program
Date: June 15, 2014
Time: 8:30 p.m.

"Arlington at 150" Observance Program: A tribute to Arlington's Past, Present and Future; Memorial Amphitheater; 8:30 p.m.; pre-show starts at 8 p.m.
(Free)

Wreath Laying Ceremony
Date: June 16, 2014
Time: 9 a.m.

Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Memorial Amphitheater, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 9 a.m.
(Free)

Army Secretary Honors Fallen at Arlington Commemoration

Army Secretary John M. McHugh praised the fallen from the nation's wars last night during a commemoration of Arlington National Cemetery's 150th anniversary in the cemetery's amphitheater. Story

Arlington National Cemetery Plans Anniversary Commemoration

A special program will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery on June 15, 2014. Story

President Obama Pays Tribute to Service Members, Families at Arlington

While it is fitting to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, it is also a time to remember those most directly affected by their deaths, President Barack Obama said during Memorial Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery. Story

Service, Sacrifice Made America a Better Nation, Dempsey Says

America is a better place because of the service and sacrifices of countless men and women, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery. Story

Old Guard Soldiers Honor Fallen With Flags at Arlington Graves

Across Arlington National Cemetery, adjacent to each of the often stark white, simple grave stones, a tiny American flag has been placed into the ground as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of the nation's fallen service members who rest there. Story

Battaglia Salutes Service Members,
Lays Wreath on Armed Forces Day

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised military members serving worldwide and recognized the sacrifices of fallen warriors in remarks following an Armed Forces Day wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Story

Arlington Cemetery Marks 150, Honors First Soldier Buried

Exactly 150 years ago on May 13, 1864, Army Pvt. William Henry Christman became the first soldier to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Descendants and residents from his hometown were on hand to help lay a wreath to mark the milestone. Story

Arlington's Journey: From Division to Reconciliation

As Arlington National Cemetery marks the 150th anniversary of its first burial, it is a scene of harmony and reconciliation. Story

Arlington National Cemetery Marks 150th Anniversary

"Arlington at 150" is the theme for sesquicentennial celebrations at Arlington National Cemetery, slated to run from May 13 to June 16. Story

Dutch Foreign Minister Honors U.S. World War II Soldiers

In honor of the upcoming 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord in Normandy, the Dutch foreign affairs minister visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to American World War II soldiers laid to rest in the Netherlands. Story

Unknown WWII U.S. Soldier Receives France's Highest Award

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and French President Francois Hollande paid tribute to an unknown soldier killed during the second World War whose remains are buried at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknowns. Story

Thousands Lay Wreaths at Arlington Cemetery Gravesites

Volunteers placed more than 143,000 wreaths on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery as part of the 22nd annual "Wreaths Across America" event. Story

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