UPDATE: August 31, 2021
There is now no limit to the number of funeral attendees at graveside services. However, there is still a limit of 50% capacity inside the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Old Post Chapel, and two family members inside the ANC Administration Building.
Due to COVID 19 constraints, we are still restricted to allowing no more than two people to enter the Administration Building for final funeral coordination. Cemetery representatives will walk out to the funeral queuing lot to guide funeral attendees out to the gravesite, as we have continued to do since March.
• Two family members are allowed inside the Administration Building for coordination on the day of the funeral.
• Military funeral honors with escort is now available for eligible service members. Military funeral honors with escort consists of individual service branch body bearers, a firing party, an escort commander with guidon, escort, bugler, drummer, national colors and chaplain. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment's caisson platoon may also be requested. Additionally, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps service members with ranks O-6 and above may receive a caparisoned horse.
• Military funeral honors and dependent honors continue with branch of service-specific military honors teams.
The primary mission of Arlington National Cemetery is to function as the nation's premier military cemetery and shrine, honoring those men and women who served in the armed forces. The cemetery remains active, with funeral services Monday through Saturday. We conduct 27 to 30 services each weekday, and six to eight services on Saturdays. Funeral services are held: Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for placements and services for cremated remains that do not require military honors or military chaplain support. Services are not scheduled on Saturdays that precede a federal holiday on Monday. Family members and others attending a service should arrive at the cemetery approximately 45 minutes prior to the scheduled service time. Families will not be allowed entry into the cemetery earlier than one hour prior to the scheduled service. To request or coordinate funeral services, please call 1-877-907-8585.
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