Media Policy

Arlington National Cemetery’s Public Affairs Office responds to media queries, facilitates requests for media interviews, and provides media escorts for Arlington National Cemetery's public events and ceremonies and funeral services deemed open to media coverage. These requests should be directed to the ANC Public Affairs Office at: 703-614-0024 or to You may also fill out a Media Query form located on our website.

*Please note: Media requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In order to be considered for approval, media requests must be about the cemetery or about someone interred or inurned at the cemetery.

Photography is permitted within the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Photographers who are members of news organizations need to make arrangements for a media escort by contacting the ANC Public Affairs Office: 703-614-0024.

We ask media and cemetery visitors seeking to photograph those visiting gravesites to respect the solemnity of Arlington National Cemetery by refraining from taking pictures or filming someone who is visibly mourning and asking for permission to film or photograph those visiting a gravesite.

Documentary/Television Requests:
The Department of Army’s Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Western Region (OCPA-West) is the entertainment industry’s direct liaison to the United States Army. Its primary purpose is to assist film, television, video and video game professionals in all matters relating to the U.S. Army. Entertainment industry representatives or documentary film makers seeking to film in the cemetery must send requests to OCPA-West for review. OCPA-West will coordinate with Arlington National Cemetery and cemetery leadership will determine if supporting the request is in the best interests of the cemetery and has final approval authority. If approved, OCPA-West will create a Department of Defense Production Assistance Agreement for the production company.

Book Requests:
Book authors and associated still photographers who are seeking special access and support from the Army must send requests to the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Northeast (OCPA-NE) for review. OCPA-NE will communicate with the publishing company or author about the intended project. If OCPA-NE determines it is in the best interests of the Army to support the book project, they will draft a memorandum of agreement with the publishing company or author. Authors approaching ANC with book-related support requests must send their OCPA-NE signed documentation to the ANC Public Affairs Office at 703-614-0024 for further coordination and permission for special access.