Arlington National Cemetery reopened the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Plaza to the visiting public Tuesday. ANC is taking this next action as part of a gradual reopening under improved COVID-19 conditions. Photo by Sgt. Jacob Holmes
Tomb of Unknown Soldier Plaza reopens
Arlington National Cemetery reopened the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Plaza to the visiting public Tuesday.
ANC is taking this next action as part of a gradual reopening under improved COVID-19 conditions. Reopening the Tomb plaza to the public, while continuing to maintain current health protection conditions, is an important element of the yearlong centennial commemoration for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which culminates Veterans Day.
At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, visitors will now be able to watch the changing of the guard and to pay their respects to the Unknowns. A one-way pedestrian route will begin at Memorial Drive (near the west steps of Memorial Amphitheater) and will guide visitors to the south walkway for entrance. Only 150 visitors will be allowed on the plaza stairs at any one time, in order to facilitate social distancing. Visitors will exit to the north side of Memorial Amphitheater.
Under ANC’s restricted operations, large groups and bus tours continue to be prohibited from accessing the cemetery. The exhibits in the Memorial Amphitheater Display Room and Welcome Center remain closed to the public. Additionally, the Amphitheater remains closed to the public due to ongoing restoration work. Public wreath ceremonies at the Tomb will remain suspended until health protection conditions improve.
The public may also visit the cemetery virtually through the new ANC Education Program at https://education.arlingtoncemetery.mil/. Audiences of all ages may now discover learning modules on topics that include “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”
ANC is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.