USS Monitor Interment Open to the Public

Story Number: NNS130221-29Release Date: 2/21/2013 6:48:00 PM
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Feb. 21 that the March 8 graveside interment ceremony of the remains of two unknown Sailors recovered from the USS Monitor shipwreck will be open to the public at Arlington National Cemeterey.

The unknown Sailors were lost along with 14 of their shipmates when Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C. on Dec. 31, 1862.

All 16 Sailors will be memorialized on a group marker in section 46 of the cemetery, which is between the amphitheater and the USS Maine Mast memorial.

The specific date of the interment was chosen to recognize the Monitor's role in the Battle of Hampton Roads 151 years ago.

It is Navy custom and tradition to honor the service member's final resting place by conducting an official burial ceremony.

The chapel service is by invitation only. Members of the public may attend the interment, which begins at approximately 4:30 p.m., but will not be involved in and/or participate directly in the funeral procession or graveside service.

Driving to the gravesite will not be permitted. Attendees may park in the ANC Welcome Center parking garage and either walk or take, for a fee, the Martz tour tram to the Amphitheater.

For those wishing to attend in period costume, cemetery regulations stipulate that no weapons, to include historic weapons, are allowed. Groups should contact Stuart McLean, director, Ceremonies and Special Events for Naval District Washington at (202) 433-4690.

For more information on the cemetery location, parking and transportation, visit

In this undated photograph provided by Naval History and Heritage Command the crew of USS Monitor relax just outside of its turret.
130219-N-ZZ999-502 WASHINGTON (Feb. 19, 2013) In this undated photograph provided by Naval History and Heritage Command the crew of USS Monitor relax just outside of its turret. The Brooklyn-built Monitor made nautical history after being designed and assembled in 118 days, and then commissioned Feb. 25, 1862. Monitor fought in the Battle of Hampton Roads March 9, 1862 against CSS Virginia. It was the first battle between two ironclads and signaled the end of the era of wooden ships. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command)
February 19, 2013
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