*Important Update*

Effective March 19, 2020, the ANC flag flying program is suspended until further notice. Any flags shipped to the cemetery after that date will be returned to the sender. 

A U.S. flag flown at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Commemorative Flag Flying Requests

Individuals may request that a flag be flown over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Requests must be submitted in writing to the address below and must include the following:

  • The sender's name, address, telephone number and email address.

  • One U.S. flag. Footage sizes 3'x5', 4'x6', 5'x8' and 6'x10' are accepted.

  • A self-addressed return package with pre-paid postage for returning the flag to the sender. Please ensure that your return package is large enough to accommodate your flag as folded and returned in the traditional triangular-shaped fashion. These recommended sizes will allow the flag to fit nicely in the package and will prevent damage to the flag and certificate:

    • For 6'x10' and 5'x8' flags, your return package should be at least 12"x24"x3".
    • For 4'x6' flags, your return package should be at least 15"x10"x2".
    • For 3'x5' flags, your return package should be at least 12"x10"x2".
  • Arlington National Cemetery cannot accept cash, money orders or checks for return postage. We accept FedEx, UPS and USPS First Class/Priority mail. If you choose to ship via UPS, please ensure that your pre-printed return shipping label includes the shipping cost as well as the charges for picking up the package from Arlington National Cemetery. UPS will not pick up packages unless pick-up costs are included when the return label is scanned.

  • The name of the person or organization for whom/which the flag will be flown. If the individual is/was military, please provide the service member's rank and service component.

Please allow three weeks from the date the flag is received for it to be flown and returned. Arlington National Cemetery is not responsible for loss or damage to any flag that is mailed. Your returned flag will be accompanied by a certificate with the name of the person or organization for which the flag was flown, verifying the date that it was flown at Arlington.

Written requests should be sent to:

Arlington National Cemetery
c/o Commemorative Flag Flying Request
Arlington, VA 22211-5003