UPDATE: October 13, 2020
Funeral attendance has been increased to no more than 100 individuals at gravesite.
UPDATE: July 29, 2020
The cemetery’s iconic administration building is now open, following the completion of renovations. Funeral attendees will continue to arrive and park in the funeral queuing lot. The primary next of kin (PNOK) or person designated to direct disposition (PADD) will now proceed to the newly renovated administration building, rather than the temporary modular facility used during the renovation.
Due to COVID-19 constraints, no more than two people may enter the administration building for final funeral coordination. Cemetery representatives will walk out to the funeral queuing lot to guide funeral attendees to the gravesite, as we have done since March.
UPDATE: June 29, 2020
As of June 29, the following operational changes have been implemented, as part of Arlington National Cemetery's phased plan to increase public access to the cemetery and to resume larger support to military funeral honors.
• Two family members are allowed inside the administration building for coordination on the day of the funeral.
• Military funeral honors with modified escort is now available for eligible service members. Military funeral honors with modified escort consists of individual service branch body bearers, a firing party, an escort commander with guidon, escort, bugler, drummer, national colors and chaplain. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment's caisson platoon may also be requested. Additionally, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps service members with ranks O-6 and above may receive a caparisoned horse, and flag officers from all services may receive the appropriate presidential salute battery (PSB) gun salute.
• Military funeral honors and dependent honors continue with branch of service-specific military honors teams.
► For more information on these changes, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are restroom facilities available for family pass holders and funeral attendees?
A. Yes. During our modified operations, restroom facilities are available at the following locations:
There are four (4) standard portable latrines and two (2) ADA-compliant portable latrines at the Chaffee Lot area. Chaffee Lot is located across the street from the Tanner Amphitheater, next to Section 1.
Columbarium 6 on York Drive, across from Section 62.
Near the Niche Wall in Section 82.
All restroom facilities are cleaned and maintained seven days a week. We remind all guests to please wear face coverings while using the restrooms.
Q. Are visitors and staff at Arlington National Cemetery wearing face coverings?
A. 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 be turned away from cemetery entrances and will not be allowed to enter the cemetery. Visitors will wear their face coverings at all times while in the cemetery.
Q. Have there been any changes to the process of scheduling a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery?
A. No. Families who have lost a loved one must contact the ANC Call Center at 877-907-8585 to begin the scheduling process. The call center will provide instructions for scheduling a funeral.
Q. Can a family reschedule, postpone or cancel a funeral?
A. Yes, families should call 877-907-8585 to make those arrangements.
Q. Do families need to start the scheduling process over again if their funeral is rescheduled or postponed?
A. Yes. If a family would like to reschedule their service, they will have to start the process all over again. This allows us to reach families waiting to be contacted for the first time.
Q. When family members and funeral guests come to Arlington National Cemetery, what should they do?
A. All funeral attendees or family pass holders must follow the directions of security personnel and proceed to the queuing lanes. The primary next or kin (PNOK) or person authorized to direct disposition (PADD) should enter the family room in the Administration Building to complete the required documentation and then return to their vehicle. All other personnel may use the public restrooms, but should immediately return to their vehicles. We are recommending limiting social interaction and conducting the recommended social distancing. Additional directions will be provided once funeral attendees arrive in the queuing lanes.
Q. Are chapel services being affected?
A. At this time, Memorial Chapel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall continues to conduct funeral services. For compliance with CDC and DoD guidance against large gatherings of people, Arlington National Cemetery kindly requests that families consider limiting funeral attendance, including attendance at chapel services, during this unique time. Please visit https://home.army.mil/jbmhh/ for installation access procedures.
Q. Will the Arlington Ladies still be attending funerals?
A. The Arlington Ladies are volunteers who provide unwavering support to service members and veterans interred each day at Arlington National Cemetery. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Arlington Ladies will pause their in-person funeral presence at ANC to render condolences to families. The Arlington Ladies will still provide condolence cards to be given to the primary next of kin (PNOK) by the Cemetery Representative or to be mailed as appropriate. This decision was made during these extraordinary times to ensure all measures are taken to protect our service members, workforce and families.
Q. When will honors go back to normal levels?
A. To be determined. ANC and the military service branches are continually assessing the situation. When conditions allow us to return to normal operations, we will announce any changes this website and social media.
Q. Are physical security procedures still in place?
A. Yes. All visitors — to include funeral attendees and family pass holders — must show their government issues ID card or a passport. Physical screenings remain as well.
The primary mission of Arlington National Cemetery is to function as the nation's premier military cemetery and shrine, honoring those men and women who served in the armed forces. The cemetery remains active, with funeral services Monday through Saturday. We conduct 27 to 30 services each weekday, and six to eight services on Saturdays. Funeral services are held: Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 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. To request or coordinate funeral services, please call 1-877-907-8585.
Frequently Asked Questions