ARLINGTON, Va. – With the March 15 deadline for requesting tickets to the USS Arlington commissioning in Norfolk, Virginia rapidly approaching, Arlington County officials are urging residents to join this festive, free and historic event.
Ticket reservations for the Saturday, April 6, 2013 commissioning may be made online, at www.ussarlingtonlpd24.org (scroll down to the bottom of the page). The event is free, but you must apply for tickets by March 15. The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Naval Station Norfolk, Pier 14. This is an official United States Navy event.
USS Arlington (LPD-24) is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. It will be the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Arlington, Virginia, home to the Pentagon.
USS Arlington and her sister ships, USS New York and USS Somerset, are named in commemoration of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Steel taken from the Pentagon after the September 11 attacks will be displayed aboard the USS Arlington.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world -including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.