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Are you visiting Arlington National Cemetery this week? If so, be sure to hydrate! It gets hot and humid in Arlington and we want our visitors to avoid heat related injuries. Check out our app, ANC Explorer, to locate water fountains throughout the cemetery.

Published on: Monday, June 13, 2022

Floral and Wreath Tributes at Gravesite  

Bluejay sitting on headstone in section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery

  • Fresh cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time. ANC provides portable temporary cones for flowers that the public may use. These cones can be found throughout the cemetery in centralized containers.

  • Artificial flowers may be placed on gravesites from October 10 through April 15.

  • Flowers may be placed at the bottom of a column at the niche wall or in the columbarium.

  • The government does not assume any responsibility for damaged or missing flower arrangements.

  • Permanent flower containers are no longer authorized for placement. 

  • Planting of flowers, shrubs, etc. is prohibited.

  • At the discretion of the cemetery, floral items will be removed from gravesites as soon as they become faded and unsightly.

  • Potted plants are permitted seven days before and seven days after Easter Sunday.

  • Wreaths are permitted during the holiday season (December 1 through January 31).

  • Grave blankets and Christmas trees are prohibited.

  • Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: ammunition, alcohol, knives or sharp objects, statues, vigil lights, flags, glass objects of any nature, and any type of commemorative items — except for U.S. flags placed on gravesites by government employees for Memorial Day.

  • Affixing or attaching any item to a headstone or niche cover is prohibited.

  • Items left at graves and niches will be collected and disposed of to facilitate normal cemetery maintenance procedures, such as mowing. 

  • Please click here for further guidance on ANC policy for Section 60