Events Honor Veterans, Their Service

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Events Honor Veterans, Their Service

Several events honoring America’s veterans are scheduled for Nov. 11 in and around Washington, D.C.

Here’s a look at some key Veterans Day events and how to participate.

At 9 a.m., a ceremony at the National World War II Memorial will honor the more than 16 million men and women who served during World War II.

Tomb of the Unknowns Marks 100th Anniversary

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Tomb of the Unknowns Marks 100th Anniversary

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier marked its 100th anniversary Nov. 11 with a full honors procession that replicated the journey made in 1921 when the unknown soldier from World War I was brought to his final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery.

Flower Ceremony Marks Tomb of the Unknowns Centennial

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Flower Ceremony Marks Tomb of the Unknowns Centennial

For the first time in nearly a century, members of the public will be able to walk on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Plaza and lay flowers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sacred site. 

In honor of the centennial, which will be marked on Nov. 11, the public will have the opportunity to lay flowers in front of the tomb on Nov. 9 and 10. Registration is required here.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Marks 100 Years

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Marks 100 Years

DoD will mark the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia with a yearlong commemoration, officials announced. 

The centennial commemoration, directed by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, will feature a series of events leading up to a ceremony at the tomb on Nov. 11. Members of the public will be able to experience and participate in events at the cemetery and virtually.

Army Seeks Feedback on Arlington Burial Rules

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Army Seeks Feedback on Arlington Burial Rules

Members of the public have until Nov. 16 to comment on proposed changes that would dramatically tighten the eligibility criteria for burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

If approved, the new criteria would limit the number of service members eligible for below-ground interment at the cemetery and restrict even farther those who would qualify for above-ground inurnment.

The 60-day comment period, announced Sept. 15, is the next step in the federal rule-making process, the Army said in a statement.

Feedback Sought on Future Arlington Burial Rules

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Feedback Sought on Future Arlington Burial Rules

Members of the public can register to view upcoming virtual meetings to discuss capacity challenges facing Arlington National Cemetery, which is quickly running out of space.

The public also can submit comments or feedback before the meetings, which come as the Army is proposing new criteria that would dramatically tighten the eligibility criteria for burial at the cemetery in Virginia.

VA National Cemeteries Will Open Memorial Day Weekend

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VA National Cemeteries Will Open Memorial Day Weekend

National cemeteries managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs will be open during Memorial Day weekend, but the traditional wreath-laying ceremonies will be closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia will remain closed to the public. The cemetery will be open only to family pass holders, officials announced.

VA Must Improve Veterans’ Access to Burial Options

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VA Must Improve Veterans’ Access to Burial Options

The Department of Veterans Affairs is falling far short of achieving a 2017 goal to expand cemeteries because of significant problems finding land for new burials, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.