Order of Events


We are honored you have chosen Arlington National Cemetery as the final resting place for your loved one. Here is what to expect on the day of your service. 

The next of kin or family representative should provide the funeral start time to guests. The start time may also be listed on the ANC website if the next of kin has authorized it.

45 minutes prior to the scheduled service time:

  • Family and guests arrive at the cemetery via Memorial Avenue.
  • Gate guards will direct you to park in queuing lanes. Signs will let you know which lane is dedicated to your service.
  • Proceed to the Administration Building, where the receptionist will guide you to your assigned family room.
  • Note: Funeral services beginning at the Old Post Chapel must report to Fort Myer at least one hour prior to the start of the service in order to go through security. 

10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled service time:

  • The family's assigned ANC representative provides guidance on the funeral procession.
  • Procession departs from queuing lanes, led by the family's assigned ANC representative, to the gravesite location or transfer point.

The service (generally 20-30 minutes):

  • Committal service is conducted.
  • Military funeral honors are rendered.
  • Family departs gravesite to exit the cemetery.