Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery

Day Trip

November 09, 2008

Where:: Arlington National Cemetery, located across the Potomac River from Washington at the west end of Arlington Memorial Bridge.

When:: 11 a.m. Tuesday. The cemetery gates will open to the public at 8 a.m., and a free shuttle service will run from the Visitors Center to the Memorial Amphitheater. Shuttles will run from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Seating in the amphitheater is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What:: Veterans Day ceremonies, which begin with a wreath being placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns, are held annually. More than 250,000 servicemen and women as well as famous Americans are buried in the cemetery, including Presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft. The tomb, which holds the remains of soldiers from World War I, World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, sits on a hill overlooking Washington and is guarded 24 hours a day.

How much: : Free. However, you must pay for parking. Metrorail has a stop at Arlington.

What's nearby:: The Hyatt Arlington has recently undergone a renovation. It has new rooms and a revamped restaurant and bar. The hotel, located about four blocks from Arlington National Cemetery, is offering a Mid-Atlantic Getaway special, with 50 percent off food and beverage purchases. Hyatt also offers a 50 percent discount on prevailing rates to guests age 62 and older. Call 703-525-1234.

More information:: Call 703-607-8052.

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