UPDATE: May 24, 2021
There is now no limit to the number of funeral attendees at graveside services. However, there is still a limit to 50 mourners inside the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Old Post Chapel, and two family members inside the ANC administration building. Consistent with the new CDC guidance, ANC will still require persons who are not fully vaccinated to practice the safety procedures recommended by the CDC – such as wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing – while visiting the cemetery or attending a service. For more information on ANC's updated COVID procedures, please click here.
UPDATE: July 29, 2020
The cemetery’s iconic administration building is now open, following the completion of renovations. Funeral attendees will continue to arrive and park in the funeral queuing lot. The primary next of kin (PNOK) or person designated to direct disposition (PADD) will now proceed to the newly renovated administration building, rather than the temporary modular facility used during the renovation.
Due to COVID-19 constraints, no more than two people may enter the administration building for final funeral coordination. Cemetery representatives will walk out to the funeral queuing lot to guide funeral attendees to the gravesite, as we have done since March.
UPDATE: June 29, 2020
As of June 29, the following operational changes have been implemented, as part of Arlington National Cemetery's phased plan to increase public access to the cemetery and to resume larger support to military funeral honors.
• Two family members are allowed inside the administration building for coordination on the day of the funeral.
• Military funeral honors with modified escort is now available for eligible service members. Military funeral honors with modified 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, and flag officers from all services may receive the appropriate presidential salute battery (PSB) gun salute.
• Military funeral honors and dependent honors continue with branch of service-specific military honors teams.
► For more information on these changes, please click here.
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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