No military honors internments are for family members of military members who are authorized burial at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). A military chaplain may also be requested at no additional cost to the family, if no civilian religious leader will be present.
Plan to arrive at the ANC Administration building about 30 minutes before the service, which gives you time to meet with the family and with the cemetery representative. There are no military salutes rendered during this type of service. For specific information, ask the cemetery representative upon arrival.
To the Grave Site
The cemetery representative can also help you regarding protocol. Military members will be at attention but will not salute when the remains are being transferred. See diagram and the symbol chart for more information.
The bodybearers for a casket/bodybearer for an urn will remove the remains from the cemetery representatives' car and prepare to march to the gravesite. The cemetery representative will cue you at the appropriate time to walk to the gravesite.
At the Grave Site
Stand at the head of the gravesite and off to the side allowing enough room for the bodybearers/bodybearer for an urn to move past you.
The bodybearers/bodybearer for an urn will position the remains over the grave and march off to the front. The cemetery representative will cue you to begin the religious service at the grave.
Please conduct your graveside services according to your religious tradition and the needs of the family. Please remember that time is critical at Arlington, with an average of 23 funerals each day. We request that these services be kept less than 10 minutes in length.
Services end at the conclusion of your graveside service. The cemetery representative will announce that the service has concluded.