This monument was erected at Trinity Site in 1966. The inscription says “Trinity Site where the world’s first nuclear device was exploded on July 16, 1945”. Twice each year, thousands of people make the journey across White Sands Missile Range to experience this historic site. (Photo courtesy LANL)
The annual Trinity Site Open House scheduled for October 3, 2020, at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has been cancelled due to health concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was made by WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. David Trybula as a precautionary measure to protect an expected turnout of more than 5,000 participants from throughout the United States and overseas, as well as the employees and volunteers supporting the event.
“Although the Trinity Site Open Houses are an important part of our WSMR heritage and one that is enthusiastically shared with visitors from around the world each year, I have decided that the safest course of action is to cancel the Oct. 3 Trinity Site Open House,” said Trybula, stressing that the “utmost precautions must be taken to protect the public and our WSMR family.”
The decision to cancel the open house follows the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New Mexico Department of Health, and military health officials to limit mass gatherings. Trinity Site Open Houses includes confined spaces such as shuttle buses to the McDonald Ranch House and latrines.