Many events to mark Arlington Cemetery anniversary

U.S. Army honor guard arrive before the wreath laying at the grave site of Army Pvt. William Christman, who was the first military burial at the cemetery, marking the beginning of commemorations of the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Christman, 20, enlisted in the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry and was hospitalized for measles five weeks later, dying on May 11, 1864 and buried at Arlington on May 13. (AP Photo)
U.S. Army honor guard arrive before the wreath laying at the grave site of Army Pvt. William Christman, who was the first military burial at the cemetery, marking the beginning of commemorations of the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Christman, 20, enlisted in the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry and was hospitalized for measles five weeks later, dying on May 11, 1864 and buried at Arlington on May 13. (AP Photo)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Arlington National Cemetery has planned a series of events to commemorate its 150th anniversary in May and June. The first military burial occurred May 13, 1864, for Union Pvt. William Henry Christman of the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry. It was officially designated as a military cemetery on June 15, 1864.

Tickets for “Arlington at 150″ tours are available for purchase by phone at 202-488-1012; online at http://www.anctours.com/Arlingtonat150.php or onsite the day of the tour in the Welcome Center.

Tickets are $9 for those events requiring tickets; other events are free.

May 19: Special Guided Tour: The American Civil War, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

May 20: Special Guided Tour: Uncle Sam’s Little Wars, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

May 21: Special Guided Tour: World War I: Bringing our Heroes Home, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

May 22: Special Guided Tour: World War II: The Greatest Generation, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

May 23: Special Guided Tour: U.S. Military and the Cold War, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

May 30: Renaming ceremony for the Old Amphitheater, part of the Decoration Day Observance co-hosted with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 5 p.m. (Free)

June 2: Special Guided Tour: The American Civil War, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

June 3: Special Guided Tour: World War I: Bringing Our Heroes Home, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

June 4: Special Guided Tour: Late 20th Century to the Present, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

June 5: Special Guided Tour: Monuments and Memorials, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

June 6: Special Guided Tour: Medal of Honor, 2 to 5 p.m. (Ticket required)

June 13: “Arlington at 150″ Observance Program: A Tribute to Arlington’s Past, Present and Future; Memorial Amphitheater; 8:30 p.m.; pre-show starts at 8 p.m. (Free)

June 16: Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Memorial Amphitheater, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 9 a.m. (Free)

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