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National World War II Reunion
Salute to World War II Veterans at the MCI Center
World War II Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Helping Lines Move Quicker
Guests without Tickets
Dedication Ceremony Metro Information
Park Private Vehicles at Metro Stations
Charter Buses
Transportation for Ticketed Guests Using Wheelchairs
Transportation for Non-Ticketed Guests Using Wheelchairs
Disabled Travelers Information
Taxi Service
Traveling to Area Airports
Prohibited_and_Allowable_Items
Street Closures and No Parking Areas
Mall Area
NW Washington


With over 100,000 guests expected to attend Tribute to a Generation events, and many more visiting Washington this Memorial Day Weekend, we anticipate significant traffic congestion throughout the metro D.C. area, particularly the National Mall.

Because of the crowds anticipated at the World War II Memorial Dedication Ceremony, we strongly encourage use of the transportation plan outlined below to facilitate smooth arrivals and departures to and from the National Mall. Due to security and traffic management issues, the only vehicles allowed near the event site will be buses that are contracted for the dedication. No automobile or bus parking will be available in and around the National Mall.


National World War II Reunion
May 27-30, 2004


The
National World War II Reunion is on the National Mall between 3rd and 10th Streets. Due to expected high-volume traffic, Reunion guests should arrive via the Smithsonian or L’Enfant Plaza Metro stations. Charter bus loading and unloading will be available on Independence Avenue between 4th & 7th Streets SW on May 27, May 28, and May 30. No charter bus parking is available around the National Mall on May 29. Non-ticketed charter groups should utilize the Metro system on May 29.


Salute to World War II Veterans at the MCI Center
May 28-29, 2004


Charter Buses
Due to traffic restrictions, charter buses will not be permitted to drop off or pick up unless they already obtained a permit through the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Permitted buses are allowed to drop off and pick up passengers only at the appointed times.

General Transportation
The MCI Center is located at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station. Parking at or near the MCI Center can cost as much as $20 per car. All ticketed guests should consider using public transportation to help alleviate traffic.


World War II Memorial Dedication Ceremony
May 29, 2004


Pre-show entertainment begins at noon; ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.

The National Mall will be closed to the public between the hours of 12:30 a.m. (half past midnight) and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, for set-up and security. Gates to all sections will open in the morning at 8:00 a.m. Seating for ticket holders is first-come, first-served within all seating sections. Please expect security checks (see
prohibited items listed below).

IMPORTANT: All ticket holders in Section I attending the Dedication Ceremony should plan to be in their seats by 1:30 p.m. Be sure to allow plenty of time to get to and through entrance security and find a seat before the gates are closed. Ticketed guests who arrive at Section I after 1:30 p.m. will be directed to an alternative viewing area. Additionally, for the safety and security of our guests, anyone who leaves any ticketed section prior to the conclusion of the ceremony will not be granted re-admittance.


IMPORTANT: The last shuttles to ticketed seating sections will depart at 1:00 p.m. from Metro stations and remote parking lots. Shuttle service to and from these locations will resume following the dedication ceremony.

Helping Lines Move Quicker
As you know, your personal safety and security are a priority. An important part of security involves the screening process and access into the dedication site. The public safety agencies want to do everything they can to minimize delays to ensure a pleasant and safe experience. To make this happen we are asking for your help.

Before you enter into the metal detection units (magnetometers), security asks that you prepare ahead of time by doing the following:
  • Open your bags and/or purses for inspection.
  • Be prepared to declare/show cameras, pagers, telephones, and other objects containing large masses of metal.
  • Digital cameras, pagers and telephones should be turned on.
  • If you bring a food item, be prepared to have it inspected.
  • Bring medical documentation regarding metal knees, hips and/or legs (if available).
  • Please do not touch the metal detection device.
  • Promptly pick up your items after the inspection.
There will be a table located adjacent to the metal detection unit. You will be asked to place these items on the table. Once security personnel have inspected the items, pick them up and proceed to your seating area.

You will not be asked to:
  • Take off your shoes.
  • Take off your watches and jewelry.
  • Remove your belt buckle.
  • Remove your change.

Guests Without Tickets
Guests without tickets will be granted access only to the non-ticketed alternative viewing section adjacent to National World War II Reunion Site on the National Mall between 10th and 14th Streets. Gates to this section will open in the morning at 8:00 a.m. The area is first-come, first-served. Please expect security checks (see
prohibited items listed below). Non-ticketed guests should utilize the Metro system and exit at the Smithsonian or L’Enfant Plaza Metro stations, which are within close proximity of the non-ticketed viewing area. A list of Metro stations is available at www.wmata.com.

The event also may be viewed live on television on The History Channel and C-SPAN, and other alternative sites.

Note: Seating for persons requiring the use of wheelchairs is available at all dedication events (however, wheelchairs will not be provided). Oxygen equipment and seeing eye dogs will be permitted at all dedication events.

Dedication Ceremony Metro (Subway) Information

Seating Sections 1 and 2
Metro Line Closest Stop Suggested Exit
Red Metro Center G and 12th Street exit
Orange Farragut West
L'Enfant Plaza
18th Street exit
Maryland Avenue exit
Yellow L'Enfant Plaza Maryland Avenue exit
Green L'Enfant Plaza Maryland Avenue exit
Blue Farragut West
L'Enfant Plaza
18th Street exit
Maryland Avenue exit

Seating Section 3
Metro Line Closest Stop Suggested Exit
Red Metro Center G and 12th Street exit
Orange Smithsonian Either exit
Yellow L'Enfant Plaza Maryland Avenue exit
Green L'Enfant Plaza Maryland Avenue exit
Blue Smithsonian Either exit


Park Private Vehicles at Metro Stations
Ticketed guests traveling in cars should park at Metro stations outside the city limits (go to
www.wmata.com for stations with parking) and take the Metro system into Washington to one of four downtown Metro stations:
  • L'Enfant Plaza
  • Farragut West
  • Metro Center
  • Smithsonian (Independence Avenue exit)
Metro buses will be available at each of these four stations to take ticketed guests to their respective ticketed seating sections. Buses will begin shuttling to the National Mall at 8:00 a.m. with frequent departures and will run through 6:00 p.m.

Important: The last shuttles to ticketed seating sections will depart at 1:00 p.m. from Metro stations and remote parking lots. Shuttle service to and from these locations will resume following the dedication ceremony.

Charter Buses
Charter buses should park at any local Metro station outside the city limits and attendees take the Metro system into Washington to one of four downtown Metro stations:
  • L'Enfant Plaza
  • Farragut West
  • Metro Center
  • Smithsonian (Independence Avenue exit)
Ticketed guests will be granted access to shuttle buses that will transport guests to their respective seating sections on the National Mall beginning at 8:00 a.m. Buses will run until 1:00 p.m., with frequent departures. Please be sure to board a bus with the same section as your ticket indicates. Charter buses carrying non-ticketed guests should also utilize the Metro system, but guests should only exit the Metro at the Smithsonian or L’Enfant Plaza stations, which are within close proximity of the non-ticketed viewing area.

Important: The last shuttles to ticketed seating sections will depart at 1:00 p.m. from Metro stations and remote parking lots. Shuttle service to and from these locations will resume following the dedication ceremony.

Transportation for Ticketed Guests Using Wheelchairs
Ticketed guests who use a wheelchair and can transfer from the wheelchair to a bus seat received information about obtaining a permit to park at the wheelchair assistance Park & Ride lot. Shuttle buses will operate between the wheelchair assistance lot and all three ticketed seating sections from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Ticketed guests who use a wheelchair and cannot transfer from the wheelchair to a bus seat received information about obtaining a permit to park at the wheelchair transfer Park & Ride lot. Specially equipped buses will operate between the wheelchair transfer lot and all three ticketed seating sections from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Important: The last shuttles to ticketed seating sections will depart at 1:00 p.m. from Metro stations and remote parking lots. Shuttle service to and from these locations will resume following the dedication ceremony.

Any ticketed guest using a wheelchair who has not been contacted regarding these parking permits should call 1-800-340-9737.

Transportation for Non-Ticketed Guests Using Wheelchairs
Guests in wheelchairs who do not have a ticket for one of the three seating sections should utilize the Metro system and exit at the Smithsonian or L’Enfant Plaza Metro stations, which are within close proximity of the non-ticketed viewing area on the National Mall, located on the World War II Reunion Site between 10th and 14th Streets. A list of Metro stations is available at
www.wmata.com.

Disabled Travelers Information
Disabilityguide.org is the premier source of disability-related information in the Washington, D.C. metro area. See detailed accessibility information for many attractions, restaurants and bars at
www.DisabilityGuide.org.

Taxi Service
Taxi service is plentiful and economical in Washington, D.C. Taxis operate on a zone (rather than meter) system, and by law all rates must be posted in each taxi. There is a fee for each additional passenger.

Maryland and Virginia taxis originating in the District can take passengers to locations in their respective states, but not to locations within the District. Likewise, District taxis originating in Maryland and Virginia can take passengers from those states to the District, but not to different locations within these states.

Traveling from Area Airports

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Taxi fare to downtown is approximately $12 - $15.
Metro station: Reagan National Airport.

Washington Dulles International Airport
Taxi fare to downtown is approximately $40. Washington Flyer provides bus service to West Falls Church Metro station.
Metro station: West Falls Church, with departures every 45 minutes.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
Trains provide service from the BWI Rail Station. Taxi fare to downtown Washington is approximately $50.

Super Shuttle
Service provided from Ronald Reagan Washington National, Dulles and BWI Airports to your destination. Special arrangements for groups. Call 1-800-BLUE-VAN for reservations 24 hours a day.


Prohibited and Allowable Items

Carrying fewer items will enable the entrance lines to move faster. Packing non-valuable belongings in clear plastic bags will also speed the check-in procedure.

The MCI Center's security policy allows one personal item to be brought into the arena. The item must fit into a box measuring 12 inches long by 9 inches deep by 6 inches wide. Anything larger will not be permitted into the arena. If you have questions about MCI Center facilities, please call 202-628-3200.

Prohibited Items
Here is a list of items prohibited at the dedication ceremony. This list may not be all inclusive. Law enforcement personnel reserve the right to prohibit any other items determined to be a potential public safety concern.

  • Aerosols of any kind
  • Fireworks/firecrackers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Glass containers
  • Animals (except guide dogs)
  • Duffel bags/suitcases/backpacks/coolers
  • Real or simulated weapons/ammunition (regardless of whether the firing pin and/or bolt action has been removed)
  • Knives of any size
  • Mace/pepper spray
  • Laser lights/pointers
  • Knitting needles
  • Small containers of fluids (except medications)
  • Powders of any kind
  • Unsealed beverages/water containers

Allowable Items
  • Purse (no larger than 11 x 17 x 6 inches)
  • Fanny pack
  • Small camera bag
Please refrain from smoking and use cell phones sparingly.



Street Closures and No Parking Areas

Mall Area

Street Closures
  • May 17 - June 4: Constitution Ave from 17th St. proceeding east (700 ft. along south side)
  • May 19, 10 p.m. - May 20, 6 a.m.: 7th St. between Madison Dr. and Jefferson Dr.
  • May 24, 10 a.m. - May 31, 6 a.m.: 4th St. between Madison Dr. and Jefferson Dr.
  • May 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: 17th St. between Constitution Ave. and Independence Ave.
  • May 27 – 30: Bus drop/pickup only (5 min. time limit) on north side of Independence Ave. between 7th and 4th
  • May 28, 7 p.m. – May 31, 8 p.m.: 17th St. closed between Constitution and Independence
  • June 2, 10 p.m. – June 3, 6 a.m.: 7th St. between Madison Dr. and Jefferson Dr.

No Parking and Street Closures in NW Washington Near the Mall
Saturday, May 29 (Dedication Day)

  • Constitution Ave. between 23rd St. and 14th St.
  • Independence Ave. between 23rd St. and 14th St.
  • 23rd St. between Memorial Bridge and Independence Ave.
  • 15th St. between Pennsylvania and Maine Ave.
  • 17th St. between Pennsylvania and Independence Ave.
  • 7th St. between Constitution and Independence Ave.
  • 4th St. between Constitution and Independence Ave.
  • Madison and Jefferson Drives between 15th St. and 3rd St.
  • Ohio Dr. at 23rd St. to Rock Creek Parkway (all northbound traffic) – both sides
  • Ohio Dr. from Inlet Bridge to 23rd St. (both sides)
  • West Basin Dr. (both sides)
  • Virginia Avenue between 19th St. and 18th St.
  • Inbound Memorial Bridge
  • Rock Creek Pkwy southbound from Virginia Ave. to Independence Ave.
  • Maine Ave. from SE Freeway to Independence Ave.
  • Daniel French Drive
  • Henry Bacon Drive

No Parking Near Dedication Site
Saturday, May 29 (5 a.m. - 10 p.m.)

  • Independence Ave. (both sides) 7th St. to 14th St.
  • Independence Ave. (north side) between 7th St. and 3rd St.
  • E St. eastbound and westbound between 20th St. and 18th St.
  • C St. (both sides) between 21st St. and Virginia Ave.
  • C St. (both sides) between 19th St. and 18th St.
  • 18th St. between Constitution and the south side of E St.
  • 19th St. between Constitution and the south side of E St.
  • 20th St. between Constitution and the south side of E St.
  • E St./Pennsylvania Ave. (north side) between 14th St. and 13th St.

NW Washington

MCI Center
No Parking - Friday, May 28 (8 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
  • F St. (north side) between 9th St. and 4th St.
  • F St. (south side) between 5th St. and 4th St.
  • 6th St. (west side) between G St. and F St.
  • 7th St. (west side) between F St. and E St.
  • 7th St. (east side) between G St. and F St.
No Parking – Friday, May 28 (5 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
  • G St. (both sides) between 9th St. and 7th St.
  • G St. (north side) between 6th St. and 4th St.
  • G St. (south side) between 5th St. and 4th St.
No Parking – Saturday, May 29 (5 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
  • F St. (north side) between 9th St. and 4th St.
  • F St. (south side) between 5th St. and 4th St.
  • G St. (north side) between 6th St. and 4th St.
  • G St. (south side) between 5th St. and 4th St.
  • G St. (both sides) between 9th St. and 7th St.
  • 6th St. (west side) between G St. and F St.
  • 7th St. (west side) between F St. and E St.
  • 7th St. (east side) between G St. and F St.

Metro Center
No Parking - Saturday, May 29 (5 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
  • 12th St. (east side) south of Marriott to G St.
  • 12th St. (east side) between G St. and F St.
  • G St. (south side) between 13th St. and 12th St.
  • G St. (north side) between 12th St. and 11th St.
  • G St. (north side) between 11th St. and 10th St.

Farragut West
No Parking - Saturday, May 29 (5 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
  • I St. (north side) between 19th St. and 18th St.
  • I St. (north side) between 18th St. and 17th St.
  • I St. (north side) between 17th St. and 17th at the park/Connecticut Ave.
  • 17th St. (west side/park side) between K St. and I St.

Smithsonian
No Parking - Saturday, May 29 (5 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
  • Independence Ave. (both sides) between 14th St. and 12th St.

L'Enfant
No Parking - Saturday, May 29 (5 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
  • 7th St. (east side) between E St. and Maryland Ave.
  • 7th St. (west side) between Independence Ave. and D St.
  • Maryland Ave. (both sides) between 7th St. and Independence Ave.

Washington National Cathedral
No Parking - Saturday, May 29 (5 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • New Mexico Ave. - north side 80 feet just before Nebraska Ave.











 


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