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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 19, 1995


In commemoration of Armed Forces Day, the White House will open for special tours on Saturday, May 20, for active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces in uniform.

The tours will run from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Each uniformed service member may bring one guest or spouse and immediate family members. Entry is available, on a first-come, first-served, basis, without tickets, at the southeast gate on E Street and East Executive Avenue. National Park Service rangers will direct guests. Depending upon its length, the line may be stopped before 10 a.m.

The early opening will allow military personnel to participate in the Andrews Air Force Base open house later that morning.

The Protocol Office to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff advises that the uniforms of the day for each service are: Army, Class B; Marine Corps, summer service C; Navy, summer white; Air Force, short-sleeve shirt without tie; and Coast Guard, tropical blue long.

In addition, the blue public tours from 10 a.m. until 12 noon will be held as scheduled, and the same-day free ticket system will operate as usual for the public tours.

The most up-to-date information is available from the 24-hour Special Events Line at 202-456-2200. A similar recording for tour information is 202-456-7041.