Visitors to Arlington National Cemetery will soon be required to undergo additional screening and other security measures, officials said.
Jennifer Lynch, a spokeswoman, said officers conduct random identification checks at the final resting place for more than 400,000 veterans and their families. But officials announced Monday that all motorists entering the cemetery must present officers with a valid driver’s license — and their vehicles will be subject to random inspections.
During those inspections, passengers may be required to show identification.
Lynch said the Army directed overall security increases after a July 2015 shooting at a Tennessee recruiting center. The cemetery started random checks before the shooting, and she said these updated measures are an enhancement.
“This is our nation’s premier national cemetery and we want to be sure that when people visit the site, they feel safe and secure,” Lynch said.
In addition, beginning in November, the cemetery will implement visitor screening measures, including bag checks.
All pedestrians will be screened through the Cemetery’s welcome center. According to a news release, there will be express screening lines for visitors who do not have bags and for those with disabilities.
Lynch said cemetery officials are asking visitors to limit what they bring. Prohibited items include firearms, fireworks and knives with blades longer than three inches, according to a cemetery website.
About 3 to 4 million people visit the 624-acre cemetery each year, officials said.
Vehicle traffic throughout the cemetery is restricted. Only those attending funerals or ceremonies, or those with temporary or permanent gravesite vehicle passes are generally permitted to drive to gravesites.