Floral & Wreath Tributes at Gravesite

Confederate Memorial
  • Fresh cut flowers may be placed on gravesites at any time. Arlington National Cemetery provides portable cones for flowers that the public may use. These cones can be found throughout the cemetery in centralized stone containers.

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

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

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

  • Potted plants are permitted during the period 7 days before and 7 days after Easter.

  • Wreaths are permitted during the holiday season (and will be removed in mid-January).

  • Floral items will be removed from the gravesites as soon as they become faded and unsightly.

  • Prohibited decorations include: statues, vigil lights, flags, glass objects of any nature, and any type of commemorative items are not permitted on gravesites—except for U.S. flags placed at the gravesites by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment just prior to Memorial Day.  In addition, items left behind must not cause a health or safety concern, including, but not limited to, ammunition or alcohol.

  • Floral items and other types of decorations are not to be secured to the headstone or marker.

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