Arlington National Cemetery Plans Anniversary Commemoration

By American Forces Press Service
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ARLINGTON, Va., June 13, 2014 - A special program will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery on June 15.

"Arlington at 150" is an hour-long live military show featuring musical performances by "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band and a joint chorus composed of singers from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force are on tap, as well as a wreath ceremony and historical vignettes that showcase how military conflicts have shaped the nation and the cemetery.

The event is free and open to the public. The show will start at 8:30 p.m. EDT, with a pre-show at 8 p.m. in the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater. This is the first time Arlington has hosted an evening event in the amphitheater, officials said. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Officials said people to arrive early to ensure access and should plan to be seated by 8 p.m.

Free parking is available in the Welcome Center parking lot, and Defense Department ID card holders may park on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and walk to the amphitheater. A free shuttle service will provide transportation from the Welcome Center to the Memorial Amphitheater. The last shuttle will leave the Welcome Center at 8:15 p.m., or when the Memorial Amphitheater is full.

Officials also encourage people to bring clear plastic refillable water bottles. Water stations will be available near the amphitheater to refill the water bottles.

The event will be carried live on the Pentagon Channel and will be streamed live on the channel's website.