Arlington National Cemetery Announces Enhanced Visitor Security Measures

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Arlington, Virginia – Visitors to the Arlington National Cemetery should brace for enhanced security measures that would be implemented in phased stages to improve safety while minimizing inconvenience, according to officials. In addition to random ID checks and other security measures already in place, officials said, the cemetery will require visitors to go through extra screening.

“Arlington is taking advanced security precautions to protect visitors, family members and staff,” said Patrick K. Hallinan, Arlington National Cemetery executive director. “These security measures will be similar to the ones at museums in the national capital region.”

The new security measures will enhance current efforts and improve visitor safety while minimizing inconvenience, officials said. All vehicle access will require presenting valid, government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, when entering the cemetery. Vehicles will be subject to random inspections.

Family members with permanent gravesite vehicle passes may continue to drive to their loved ones’ grave with a valid driver’s license.

Visitor Screening Begins in November

Moreover, to implement stricter visitor screening, Arlington National Cemetery will begin screening even the pedestrian traffic. All pedestrian traffic will be required to enter the cemetery at set access points: the main entrance on Memorial Avenue, the Ord and Weitzel gate, and the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Old Post Chapel gate.

Before entering the cemetery from the main entrance, all pedestrians will be screened through the Welcome Center, with express screening lines for visitors who do not have bags. People with disabilities also will have an express line for screening, officials said.

Arlington officials urge people to allow additional time to go through security screening when visiting the cemetery, especially large tour groups.

“These processes may result in a delay entering Arlington, but it is vitally important that we protect the safety of all the visitors, family members and staff that enter these hallowed grounds,” Hallinan said. “This is our nation’s premier national cemetery, and we want to be sure that when people visit this site, they can feel safe and secure.”

The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation by providing a sense of beauty and peace for our guests. The rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

The Army National Military Cemeteries, consisting of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia and Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in Washington, DC are under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Army.

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