Face Covering Policy

All personnel entering the cemetery will be required to provide proof of having face coverings in their possession during entry screening. Personnel not able to provide proof of having face coverings or masks in their possession will not be allowed to enter the cemetery. Visitors will wear their face coverings at all times while in the cemetery.

Published on Thursday, August 6, 2020
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Published on Monday, August 3, 2020

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