Arlington National Cemetery, our nation’s most hallowed ground, is the final resting place for approximately 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. This historic cemetery bears witness to American heritage and the military service and sacrifice of men and women in uniform throughout U.S. history.
Veterans are laid to rest with dignity and honor at Arlington National Cemetery by a compassionate and dedicated work force. We believe that caring for our nation's heroes and their families during their time of need is a sacred duty entrusted to us.
• We conduct 27 to 30 services each weekday, and four to five services on Saturdays. Funeral services are held Monday through Friday (except on federal holidays) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturday from 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.
• For funeral attendees, up to TEN family members are allowed inside the Administration Building for coordination on the day of the funeral.
• The maximum capacity for funeral services at Old Post Chapel is 200 persons.
For additional information, click on the tabs at left. To request or coordinate funeral services, please call 1-877-907-8585.
Temporary Suspension of Caisson Platoon Funeral Operations at Arlington National Cemetery
Update: Nov. 6, 2023
As of late June 2023, a riderless horse is trailing the hearse in funerals for Army and Marine officers who retired at O-6 and above. Additionally, as of Nov. 6, two horses with riders are leading the hearse at all ceremonies that would have been eligible for caisson support.
The Army has announced that caisson platoon support to funerals at Arlington National Cemetery is scheduled to resume in June 2024. Though some families will be impacted by these changes, Arlington National Cemetery and the Army are working to minimize disruptions and ensure families can appropriately honor loved ones. Click here for a fact sheet and view the below video for more information.
Other Burial Options
ANC is one of many beautiful options for families to consider when laying their loved one to rest. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains 87 national cemeteries in 42 states and Puerto Rico that are open for first interment or inurnments. Use our Cemetery Locator Map to find a VA cemetery near you.
Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), the Army National Military Cemeteries and the U.S. Army do not recommend, endorse or contract with any photographers, videographers, limousine, private coach services, florists or hotels for the purposes of providing those and related services to family members laying their loved ones to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. There is no official photographer, videographer, florist or bagpiper for families interring their loved one at ANC. If a person so represents themselves to you, they may be attempting to scam or mislead you. Finally, if an email address or website does not end in .mil, this person or company is not connected to ANC or the Army and may also be attempting to scam or mislead you. Please exercise great caution in choosing to conduct any business with such company or person(s).