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The Department of Defense has reopened its doors to military-style hospitality. Beginning May 10, visitors can again take a limited tour of the Pentagon and see where the world’s greatest military minds plan to defend the nation.
In recent years, school groups, Boy Scouts and others have been able to register to take a tour of one of the largest office buildings in the world and visit the numerous exhibits in the building, which, among other things, pay tribute to military service and commemorate military conflicts and veterans, highlight U.S. military relationships with partner nations, recognize the contributions of outstanding individuals, and provide information on issues important to the nation’s defense
Tours were suspended in March 2020 due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. But the doors are opening again, Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby told reporters during an afternoon briefing today.
“I am pleased to announce that the Pentagon will reopen tours on a limited basis on May 10,” Kirby told reporters, flanked by a group of Pentagon tour guides from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and guarding the coast.
“They have been preparing here for some time to present the more than 30 exhibits that show the history and achievements of the US Armed Forces and Department of Defense,” Kirby said of the tour guides. “These are our finest young men and women. … They represent the best of the best in every ministry. It takes a lot to become a member of the Ceremonial Guard and then from there become a Pentagon tour guide. I know how excited they are to get back to work and move on. And I know how proud they will continue to make us all.”
Kirby said tours of the Pentagon will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. — a more limited schedule from the pre-COVID-19 norm — and that those interested can schedule a Pentagon tour by visiting the Defense Department‘s website.
The in-depth Pentagon tours cover approximately 1.5 miles on foot and last about an hour.