Southgate Road one-way traffic

Due to construction, Southgate Road will be one-way, controlled by flaggers. This is estimated to take place through October 28, Mon-Fri. 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. & Sat. 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Published on: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Army 10-Miler Access

On Oct. 9, roads around ANC, including Route 110, will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. in support of the Army 10-Miler. 123 Service Gate will be accessible for family pass holders from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Published on: Friday, September 30, 2022 read more ...

Lithochrome Policy

Dark lithochrome letters on grave stone

The first headstones at Arlington National Cemetery were simple white headstones with the personal information and gravesite number etched into the stone. Later, lithochrome (a special type of water-resistant paint applied to headstones/markers that darkens all of the letters) was introduced to make the inscriptions easier to read.

Over time, depending on location, conditions and the specific lithochrome paint used, the blackening fades. The fading occurs in a very non-uniform way, both within a particular headstone and across a section. Additionally, there are sections that were traditionally non-lithochromed where lithochromed headstones have been introduced.

  • Lithochrome is no longer used except for headstones ordered for first interments (at the time of interment) in Section 60, as well as niche covers for the Columbarium Courts 1-9 and the Niche Wall.
  • Markers are not reordered due to fading of lithochrome. If a headstone requires replacement for another reason, it will not contain lithochrome. When niche covers are in need of replacement lithochrome will be applied.