By U.S. ArmyMarch 1, 2016
The annual Easter Sunrise Service, hosted by Joint Baser Myer-Henderson Hall Commander Col. Michael D. Henderson, will be held Sunday, March 27, at Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater.
The non-denominational worship service will begin with a prelude by the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own," at 6:15 a.m. The service is scheduled to begin with a call to worship at 6:30 a.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This year's Easter message will be delivered by Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Thomas L. Solhjem, Deputy Chief of Chaplains, United States Army. An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be present.
There are two ways to access the cemetery March 27 for the ceremony. Pedestrians are not allowed to walk to the Amphitheater because of construction and limited visibility in the early dawn light. Gates open at 5 a.m.
* Visitors may enter Arlington National Cemetery and park at the cemetery's Welcome Center parking lot. Parking is free 5 to 8:30 a.m. March 27. There is no walking to the amphitheater from the Welcome Center; a free shuttle service, including handicap accessible buses, will transport all guests.
* DoD ID card holders ONLY (keep your ID card with you and be prepared to show it at all times): Enter Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and park in the Tri-Services parking lot (the large lot closest to the Old Post Chapel). A shuttle service will transport guests to the Amphitheater, including handicap accessible buses. Only DoD ID card holders may use this option; guests without DoD IDs must park at the cemetery's Welcome Center parking lot.
There is no walking in the cemetery before or after the service. Construction in the cemetery and limited visibility due to the early hour are the reasons for this restriction. Free shuttles will provide transportation to the Amphitheater beginning at 5:15 a.m. for guests arriving at Arlington National Cemetery's Welcome Center and for DoD ID card holders at JBM-HH's Old Post Chapel gate. Shuttles will also transport guests back to the parking lots after the service.
Backpacks will NOT be allowed in the cemetery for the service; blankets, baby strollers and water in clear, plastic bottles are allowed. See below for a complete "Do's and Don'ts" list.
For more information, call 703-696-6635 or visit the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's website at www.army.mil/jbmhh for the most-up-to-date information.
Do's and Don'ts:
* Attendees may bring blankets and cushions to ease sitting on the cold stone benches in the Amphitheater.
-- Other authorized items --
* Diaper bags
* Cell phones
* Clear, plastic water bottles
All hand-carried items are subject to search at all times.
* For the safety and security of everyone and to maintain the dignity and solemnity of the Easter Sunrise Service, the Amphitheater will be the only site for celebration (no independent activities outside the Amphitheater during the service).
-- Other prohibited items --
* No weapons
* No backpacks or coolers
* No folding chairs
* No pyrotechnics
* No alcohol
* No pets (except certified service animals)
* No glass containers