Family pass holders only at Arlington National Cemetery this Memorial Day weekend

Arlington National Cemetery
Photo credit Arlington National Cemetery

Only families of the fallen who are buried at Arlington National Cemetery will be allowed inside the historic site to pay their respects over the Memorial Day weekend. 

The general public will not be permitted inside the gates and family members will be limited to visiting their loved ones’ gravesites at the cemetery just outside of Washington D.C., due to COVID-19 restrictions, the cemetery announced Friday. 

Arlington National Cemetery Superintendent Charles Alexander Jr., said in a statement that several thousand family pass holders are expected over the weekend that honors the nation's fallen service members. 

 “Protecting the health of our employees, service members, contractors and our visitors is paramount,” he said. 

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Department of Veterans Affairs officials previously said that most national cemeteries would be open to the public over the Memorial Day weekend. Social distancing and other measures will be in effect.

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The public will not be present for wreath-laying ceremonies occurring at national cemeteries.

Family pass holders will be required to wear a face mask and practice at least six feet of social distancing when inside Arlington National Cemetery. Social media will be used to allow virtual visitations throughout the weekend. 

Arlington National Cemetery will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. over the holiday weekend through the Memorial Avenue gate only.

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