Effective October 26, 2016:
Pets will no longer be allowed on cemetery grounds.
The primary mission of Arlington National Cemetery is to lay to rest those who have served our nation with dignity and honor. And while we know that pet owners intend no disrespect to our veterans and military families, non-service related animals on cemetery grounds can and have impacted the decorum of both funeral services and ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in recent past. This policy has been deemed necessary to alleviate these impacts and continue to provide the type of respectful and contemplative space that Arlington National Cemetery strives to be for all its guests.
The policy does not pertain to approved service animals or military working dogs.
We thank you for your understanding and adherence to this policy.