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Attending the National Veterans Day Ceremony

A patriotic ceremony honoring America's military members and Veterans is scheduled for Friday, November 11, 2011, at 11 a.m., in Arlington National Cemetery. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a ceremony inside the Memorial Amphitheater, adjacent to the Tomb. The event will commence with a prelude concert by the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" at 10:00 a.m., inside the amphitheater.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive early. Every effort is made to perform security screenings quickly and efficiently, but there may be lines to pass through the screening stations. Once capacity has been reached - which often happens by 10:30 or earlier - entrance to the Tomb and amphitheater area of the cemetery will be closed.

This year's event will be hosted by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki; Russell C. Vowinkel, Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the World Wars; and Major General Michael S. Linnington, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and the Joint Force Headquarters–National Capital Region.

Both ceremonies are free and open to the public. For those interested in observing the wreath ceremony, space is limited to standing room only. Inside the amphitheater, seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are needed to attend these events. The events conclude at noon.

Arlington National Cemetery is accessible via Metro on the Blue Line (between the Pentagon and Rosslyn stations). The cemetery gates will open at 8 a.m.

Fort Myer will operate a free shuttle for DoD Identification card holders from the Fort Myer Memorial Chapel parking lot. Walking into the cemetery is prohibited from Fort Myer.