If you're headed to Arlington National Cemetery, don’t forget your photo ID.

Due to recent geopolitical events, Arlington National Cemetery is taking precautionary measures. Effective immediately, all visitors ages 16 and older must present a valid state- or government-issued photo identification at all entry points. This includes pedestrians, anyone granted vehicular access to the cemetery (including passengers, school group leaders, and tour guides), funeral attendees, those with permanent family passes, and employees. 

 “100% ID Checks - Due to current conditions, Arlington National Cemetery is increasing its security posture and is implementing 100% ID checks at all entrances.”

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When they say 100 percent, they mean 100 percent. Make sure to build extra time into your schedule for delays for these extra security checks. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds may use a valid school-issued photo identification card for entry.  

Twitter is bumbling with questions, such as how does showing a security officer an ID improve security. I reached out to the U.S. Army, who oversees Arlington National Cemetery, to ask if they plan to scan identification cards, much like what is done in airports, so there is a record of everyone who was on the property. As of publication, they have not replied.

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Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for over 400,000 American service members, veterans, and their families. It is also one of our beloved national treasures. These extra security measures have been put in place to keep it safe.

Please remember to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH) Department of Emergency Services Watch Desk at 703-588-2800 or 703-588-2801. or for emergency situations, call 911. 

What is your opinion? Do you think ID checks is going too far at the Arlington National Cemetery? Or do you agree with the extra security? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.