A GUIDE TO BURIAL & FAQ AT
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

TABLE OF CONTENTS

HISTORY: ARLINGTON’S GROWTH
During the Civil War

GENERAL INFORMATION
Hours of Operation
Contact Arlington National Cemetery
Cemetery Staff

ESTABLISHING ELIGIBILITY
Eligibility For In-Ground Burial
Eligibility for In-ground Burial of Cremated Remains
Eligibility for Columbarium Inurnment
Requesting an Exception to Burial Eligibilty Policies
Burden of Proof
Obtaining Military Records
Active Duty Deaths
National Cemeteries Under the Jurisdiction of the U.S. (VA)
Arranging In-ground Burials
Arranging Columbarium Inurnments

AT THE TIME OF NEED
Interment Costs
Assignment of Gravesites
Military Honors
Enlisted Personnel
Commissioned and Warrant Officers
Burial Flags
Headstones and Niche Covers
Memorial Markers
Graveliners

AFTER THE TIME OF NEED
Locating a Gravesite
Gravesite Maintenance
Vehicle Passes for Gravesite Visitations
Gravesite Floral Tributes
Columbarium Floral Tributes
Permanent Floral Containers
Presidential Memorial Certificates

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What documents do I need to provide to verify eligibility?
What documents do I need to provide for in-ground burial?
How do I make arrangements for burial?
How do I get casket or urn to Arlington?
How much does it cost to be buried in Arlington?
What military honors are provided?
How do I arrange for military honors?
If my spouse or dependent child should predecease me, can they be buried in Arlington?
What is a graveliner?
If my first spouse is interested in Arlington and I remarry, can my second also be interred in the same gravesite or niche?
Can I have a chapel service at Fort Myer before the interment?
Can we use our family minister for the chapel service and at the gravesite?
If my remains are cremated, can I still be buried in the ground?
If I am cremated, what Military Honors are provided?
If I am cremated, can my next of kin arrange for interment without using a funeral home?
Is a special container required for the inurnment of cremated remains?
What is needed on the day of the interment service?
After eligibility is confirmed, how long will it be until the services can be conducted?
How long does it take for the marker/headstone to be erected?

HISTORY: ARLINGTON’S GROWTH

The origins of Arlington Cemetery are traced back to just before the onset of the American Civil War. George Washington Parke Curtis, owner of the 1,1 OOcacre Arlington plantation, willed the estate to his daughter, Mary. OnJune 30,1831, she married a young Army officer, Robert E. Lee. Together they lived at Arlington House for more than 30 years.

In 1861, with war between the states inevitable, Lee resigned his commission and left Arlington House when he accepted Jefferson ,Davis’ offer, rather than bear arms against his native Virginians. He left his beloved estate, never to return.

Soon after, Federal troops crossed the Potomac. The following year, the government levied a property tax on Arlington estate for the sum of $92.07. Mrs. Lee, the actual owner of the estate, sent a proxy to pay the tax, but the government refused the money on the grounds that it had to be paid by the title holder of the land. Consequently, Arlington House and its environs were confiscated and sold to the Federal Government in May 1864.

Three Union fortifications were built on the land, and 200 acres in the immediate vicinity of Arlington House were set aside as a national cemetery. On May 13, 1864, the first burials took place on the Arlington estate. By the end of the war, the rolling hillsides of the Arlington plantation were marked by the headstones of more than 7,000 soldiers.

In addition, Freedman’s Village was established on the Arlington Estate inJune 1863. It existed for more than 30 years; providing housing, education, employment training, medical care, and food for former slaves who had migrated to the Capital area. More than 3,800 blacks from Freedman’s Village are buried in Section 27, their headstones marked with their names and the word “Civilian” or “Citizen.”

Following the war, Lee’s oldest son filed suit in Federal Court arguing that the government’s confiscation of the land had been unconstitutional. In 1882, the Supreme Court upheld Lee’s suit and awarded him $150,000, the market value of the land. The title was then formally transferred, forever ensuring Arlington’s future as a national cemetery.

DURING THE CIVIL WAR
For the almost four million people who visit annually, Arlington National Cemetery represents many different things. For some, it is a chance to walk among headstones that chronicle American history. For many, it’s an opportunity to remember and honor the nation’s war heroes; and for others, it is a place to say a last farewell to family members or friends during a funeral service.

Whatever the motivation, Americans see Arlington Cemetery as our nation’s most sacred shrine, an embodiment of the sacrifices made to uphold our country’s ideals and freedom.

Although not the largest national cemetery in the country, Arlington is by far the most famous. There are more than 290,000 veterans and their dependents buried here on 624 acres of land-from
Pierre L’Enfant, who served as George Washington’s aide during the American Revolution to General Maxwell Taylor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Vietnam Conflict. There are veterans buried at Arlington representing every war the United States has fought.

Arlington is only one of more than 130 national cemeteries throughout the country. Unlike the others, which are run by the Department of Veterans Mfairs, Arlington Cemetery is administered by the Department of the Army. In addition, in-ground burial regulations here are more restrictive. The purpose of regulations is to keep Arlington an active cemetery for as long as possible. At the current rate of approximately 27 funerals daily, Monday through Friday, it is projected that the cemetery has enough space to accommodate ground burials up to the year 2060.

Arlington hosts more than 3,000 ceremonies each year, conducts more than 6,000 funerals annually, and is one of the most visited sites in Washington. Most importantly, Arlington is a testimony to the sacrifices and contributions of thousands of men and women who have made our country what it is today-the leading free nation of the world.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Arlington National Cemetery, the Nation’s most well-known military cemetery, is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of the Army. As a national shrine, Arlington National Cemetery honors the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. Approximately 25-27 burials occur each business day, and the cemetery is visited by more than four million visitors each year.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Arlington National Cemetery is open to visitors every day of the year:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from October 1 to March 31
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from April 1 to September 30

CONTACTING ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
By Phone
General Information and Grave Locations, (703) 607-8000
Interments, (703) 607-8585

By Mail
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia 22211-5003

CEMETERY STAFF
John C. Metzler,Jr…………………Superintendent
Thurman Higginbotham…………Deputy Superintendent
Phyllis B. White……………………Administrative Services Director
Kenton Carson…………………….Facility Manager
Thomas Sherlock………………….Historian
Erik Dihle…………………………..Horticulturist

ESTABLISHING ELIGIBILITY

ELIGIBILITY FOR IN-GROUND BURIAL
The persons specified below are eligible for in-ground burial of either casketed or cremated remains at Arlington National Cemetery. The last period of active duty of former members of the Armed Forces must have ended honorably.

    a. Any active duty member of the Armed Forces, except those serving on active duty for training purposes only.

    b. Any veteran retired from active military service with the Armed Forces.

    c. Any veteran retired from the Reserves is eligible upon reaching the age of 60 and who is drawing retired pay, and who served a period of active duty (other than for training).

    d. Any former member of the Armed Forces separated honorably prior to October 1,1949, for medical reasons with 30 percent or greater disability rating effective on the day of discharge.

    e. Any former member of the Armed Forces awarded one of the following decorations:

      · Medal of Honor

      · Distinguished Service Cross (Air Force Cross or Navy Cross)

      · Distinguished Service Medal

      · Silver Star

      · Purple Heart

    f. The current and any former President of the United States.

    g. Any former member of the Armed Forces who served on active duty (other than training purposes) and held any of the following positions:

      · An elective office of the U.S. Government.

      · Office of the Chief Justice of the United States or an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

      · An official listed, at the time the individual held the position, in 5 USC 5312 or 5313 (Levels I and II of the Executive Schedule).

      · The chief of a mission who at the time during his/her tenure classified in Class I under the provisions of Section 411, Act of 13 August 1946, 60 Stat. 1002,as amended (22 USC 866), or as listed in State Department memorandum dated March 21,1988.

    h. Any former prisoner of war (POW) who, while a POW, served honorably in the active military, naval, or air service, whose last period of service terminated honorably and who died on or after November 30,1993.

    i. The spouse, widow, or widower, minor children, permanently dependent children, and certain unmarried adult children of any of the above eligible veterans.

    j. The widow or widower of:

      · A member of the Armed Forces lost or buried at sea, or officially determined missing in action.

      · A member of the Armed Forces buried in a U.S. military cemetery overseas maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

      · A member of the Armed Forces interred in Arlington National Cemetery as part of a group burial.

    k. The parents of a minor child, or permanently dependent child whose remains, based on the eligibility of a parent, are buried in Arlington National Cemetery. A spouse divorced from primary eligible, or widowed and remarried, is not eligible for interment.

    l. The surviving spouse, minor children, permanently dependent children, of any eligible veteran buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

    m. Provided certain conditions are met, a former member of the Armed Forces may be buried in the same grave with a close relative who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery and who is the primary eligible.

ELIGIBILITY FOR IN-GROUND BURIAL OF CREMATED REMAINS IN DESIGNATED UNMARKED AREA
Any veteran eligible for in-ground burial, and their dependents, may have their cremated remains placed in a designated unmarked area of the cemetery. All subsequent burials of eligible family members will also be in this area of the cemetery. The ashes must be in a biodegradable container or be placed in the gravesite without a container. A permanent register of all burials in this special area is maintained in the Administration Building.

ELIGIBILITY FOR COLUMBARIUM INURNMENT
The following persons are eligible for inurnment. The last period of active duty (other than for training) of former members of the Armed Forces must have ended honorably.

    a. Any member of the Armed Forces who dies on active duty.

    b. Any former member of the Armed Forces retired from active duty.

    c. Any former member of the Armed Forces who served on active duty other than for training purposes.

    d. Any member of the Reserve component of the Armed Forces who died while:

      · On active duty for training or performing full-time service under title 32, United States Code.

      · Performing authorized travel to or from that duty or service.

      · On authorized inactive duty training including training performed as a member of the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard (23 USC 502) .

      . Hospitalized, or being treated at the expense of the United States, for an injury or disease incurred or contracted while on that duty or service, performing that travel or inactive duty training, or undergoing that hospitalization or treatment at the expense of the United States.

    e. Any member of the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps of the Army, Navy, or Air Force whose death occurs while:

      · Attending an authorized training camp.

      · On authorized travel to or from that camp or cruise.

      · Hospitalized or receiving treatment at the expense of the United States for injury or disease incurred while attending that camp or cruise, performing that travel, or receiving that hospitalization or treatment at the expense of the United States.

    f. Any citizen of the United States who, during any war in which the United States has been engaged, served in the Armed Forces of any government allied with the United States during that war, whose last service ended honorably by death or otherwise, and was a citizen of the United States at the time of entry into service and at the time of death.

    g. Certain commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, formerly the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.

    h. Certain commissioned officers of the U.S. Public Health Service.

    i. Spouses, minor children, and certain adult children of those listed above.

    j. A former member of a group certified as active military service for the purpose of receiving benefits by the U.S. Department of Veterans Mfairs by the provisions of Section 401, Public Law 95-202.ELIGIBILITY FOR COLUMBARIUM INURNMENT

REQUESTING AN EXCEPTION TO BURIAL ELIGIBILITY POLICIES
Requests for exceptions to burial eligibility policies will not be considered until the death of the individual. A letter requesting an exception should be mailed, or faxed, to:

Superintendent
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia 22211-5003
FAX (703) 607-8543

The letter should include the following information:

    · Name of the deceased.

    · Reason(s) why the request should be favorably considered for an exception to the burial eligibility policy.

    · All documentation information regarding military service or special service to the Nation.

    · All documentation of military service such as DD Form 214, award certificates, orders, etc.

    · If interment is to be in the same grave with immediate family member already buried at Arlington National Cemetery, include that decedent’s full name, burial location and relationship.

    · A point of contact with daytime and evening phone numbers.

    · A completed copy of Arlington National Cemetery’s public disclosure form, signed by the next of kin or their representative. Copies of the form are available in the Administration Building or you may call (703) 607-8545 or (703) 607-8581 to request one.

Decisions are generally provided by telephone within 48 to 72 hours after receipt of the request.

BURDEN OF PROOF
The decedent’s next of kin or representative is responsible for providing the necessary documentation to verify eligibility for interment at Arlington National Cemetery. Cemetery staff may offer assistance in verifying eligibility at the time of need. Verification by the cemetery staff may take up to three business days if the family does not have the necessary documentation.

The following documents may be used to establish eligibility:

· DD Form 214 (all branches used this form starting in the 1950s) : WD AGO Form 53, 53-55, or 53-98 (Army)

· NAVPERS Form 533 (Navy)

· NAVMC Form 533 (Marines used during the 1940s)

A Record of Service from the National Personnel Records Center is also acceptable. The preceding represents a partial list of forms, and not all of these documents describe the character of service.

A copy of the discharge certificate describing the character of service as “honorable” or “under honorable conditions” will meet this requirement.

OBTAINING MILITARY RECORDS
Veterans’ military records are maintained by the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). Requests must be made in writing and sent to the NPRC at:

National Personnel Records Center
Attention: Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100

Please allow six to eight months for a response from the NPRC. We suggest families plan ahead and request any documents needed to prove eligibility prior to the time of need.

ACTIVE DUTY DEATHS
Any member of the Uniformed Services who died while on active duty (other than training purposes) will usually have their affairs processed by a casualty assistance officer from their respective branch of service who may contact Arlington National Cemetery if interment is desired. An active duty statement from the commanding officer is required for verification of eligibility.

NATIONAL CEMETERIES UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAlRS
The U.S. Department of Veterans Mfairs (VA) maintains national cemeteries across the United States and in Puerto Rico. Eligibility requirements for these cemeteries are less restrictive than at Arlington National Cemetery because of grave space availability. For more information, please contact:

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
National Cemetery Administration (402B2)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
(202) 273-5221

ARRANGING IN-GROUND BURIALS
Gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery can not be reserved in advance. At the time of need, the next of kin should obtain services from a local funeral home. To request burial, the funeral director should call Arlington National Cemetery’s Interment Office at (703) 607-8585 while the next of kin is present.

Before scheduling the burial, the cemetery staff must determine eligibility. The burial will be scheduled after eligibility is established. The same procedure is followed if an eligible dependent predeceases the qualifying veteran.

Burial services are scheduled on business days only, excluding Federal holidays, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please arrive at the cemetery approximately 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time. If attending chapel services, please report to the chapel 30 minutes prior.

Family members and friends must provide their own transportation while attending burial services at Arlington National Cemetery.

ARRANGING COLUMBARIUM INURNMENTS
The procedure for arranging inurnments of cremated remains in Arlington National Cemetery’s columbarium is the same as for inground burial except that arrangements may be made by the next of kin or their funeral director. All remains must be hand carried by a local funeral director, family member, or Executor. The cemetery will not accept incomplete or divided remains. They must be complete and undivided. They can not be sent to the cemetery through the U.S. Postal Service or any other commercial carrier.

AT THE TIME OF NEED

INTERMENT COSTS
The next of kin is responsible for all costs associated with preparation and transportation of the casketed or cremated remains to Arlington National Cemetery except in cases when the death occurred while on active duty in the Armed Forces. Some monetary assistance may also be provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Mfairs or the Social Security Administration. Please contact these agencies for additional information.

ASSIGNMENT OF GRAVESITES
In-ground gravesites and columbarium niches are assigned on the afternoon of the business day prior to the scheduled interment. The next available in-ground gravesite or columbarium niche is assigned without regard to rank, color, creed, or gender of the eligible service member. When requested, a grave as close as possible to an interred relative of the deceased may be assigned, but please note that some sections of the cemetery no longer have grave space available.

MILITARY HONORS
The military honors listed herein are subject to change due to inclement weather, and availability of the military services.

ENLISTED PERSONNEL
Standard graveside honors can be provided by the appropriate branch of service at Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery staff will make arrangements for military honors when requested by the next of kin or their representative. Standard military honors include pallbearers, a firing party, and a bugler. Additional honors may be available for certain E-9s depending on the branch of service. A military chaplain may also be requested.

COMMISSIONED AND WARRANT OFFICERS
In addition to the standard military honors, commissioned and warrant officers may receive a caisson, military band, and escort troops. For Army and Marines Colonels (0-6) and higher, the riderless horse may also be used. For flag officers of the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines, the Minute Guns are provided. For flag officers of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines, the Gun Salute is provided.

Dependents without military service are not eligible for military honors. However, the cemetery staff can arrange for pallbearers and a military chaplain for dependents interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Only uniformed service members or former service members are entitled to military honors. Those being inurned under Public Law 95-202 are provided standard honors, if requested.

BURIAL FLAGS
The U.S. Department of Veterans Mfairs (VA) issues over 400,000 American flags for the deceased veterans annually. Most veterans are eligible for a burial flag. Reservists entitled to retired pay are also eligible to receive a burial flag. Only one burial flag may be provided per veteran at the time of need.

When not provided by the funeral director, a burial flag may be obtained from the VA regional office and most U.S. Post Offices by completing VA Form 2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes, and submitting it with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers at any of these locations.

HEADSTONES AND NICHE COVERS
All graves and columbarium niches at Arlington National Cemetery are marked by an upright, white marble headstone or niche marker that is provided by the Federal Government without cost to the next of kin, or their designated representative. Headstones, niche covers, and memorial markers will be replaced when damaged, weathered to

an unsightly degree, or when the inscription is illegible or incorrect. They will resemble the original as much as possible.

MEMORIAL MARKERS
Areas have been set aside to honor the memory of those members of the Armed Forces;

(l) who are missing in action
(2) whose remains have not been recovered or identified
(3) whose remains were buried at sea
(4) whose remains were donated to science;
(5) whose remains were cremated and whose ashes were scattered without interment of any portion of the ashes

To be eligible for a memorial marker the veteran must meet the requirements for ground burial as outlined in this brochure and USC Title 38 Chapter 24 Section 2409.

GRAVELINERS
A graveliner is a concrete container within a gravesite in which the casket is placed. It is provided at no cost and is used to reduce the amount of grave sinkage subsequent to the interment. If a previous burial occurred without a graveliner or vault, and the later burial is on top of the previous one, a graveliner will not be used.

AFTER THE TIME OF NEED

LOCATING A GRAVESITE
To locate the grave site of a friend or relative at Arlington National Cemetery, call (703) 607-8000, or visit the Customer Service Desk in the Visitors’ Center. It is open to the public every day of the year, except Christmas, between the hours of:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from October 1 to March 31
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from April 1 to September 30

GRAVESITE MAINTENANCE
Great care is given to maintain each gravesite at Arlington Cemetery. Graves are filled and leveled after each burial and on a continual basis. During the first interment, the soil is particularly vulnerable to sinkage caused by the settling of the soil. Sodding is done in the spring and the fall when the weather conditions are most favorable for the establishment of turf.

VEHICLE PASSES FOR GRAVESITE VISITATIONS
Permanent
A permanent pass is issued to the next of kin of record at the time of burial. Additional permanent passes are available for the parents and children of the deceased. Applications may be obtained at the Administration Building, or by writing:

Superintendent
ATTN: ANNC-ADI
Arlington, Virginia 22211-5003

Temporary
A temporary pass may be issued to anyone wishing to visit a specific gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. The pass may be obtained upon arrival at the cemetery at the Customer Service desk in the Visitors’ Center and may be used for one visit only. When arriving at the Visitors’ Center, park in the pay parking facility. The Customer Service desk will validate your parking ticket if you request a temporary pass within a half-hour of the time indicated on the parking ticket.

GRAVESITE FLORAL TRIBUTES
Fresh-cut flowers may be placed on gravesites at any time. Artificial flowers, placed in vases, are allowed only between October 10 and April 15. Potted plants are only permitted one week before and after Easter. Christmas wreaths are permitted between December 1 and January 31. No other items are permitted at gravesites at any time. Planting flowers, shrubs, etc. is not permitted. All floral items will be removed from gravesites when they become unsightly. Temporary floral containers are located throughout the cemetery for public use free of charge.

Floral items and other decorations may not be secured to the headstones or niche marker. Statues, vigil lights, flags, and other commemorative items may not be placed on the gravesites, except for the U.S. flags placed by the government on Memorial Day.

COLUMBARIUM FLORAL TRIBUTES
No flowers or wreaths are permitted in the courts except for those planted by cemetery management.

PERMANENT FLORAL CONTAINERS
Privately purchased permanent flower containers placed below ground level with telescoping flower vases are permitted. However, the flower container must be placed by the cemetery staff. Flower containers should be taken to the Administration Building. They will be installed at no cost within three business days. The government does not assume responsibility for damaged or missing flower containers placed on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.

PRESIDENTIAL MEMORIAL CERTIFICATES
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the president, to honor the memory of honorably discharged veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers this program through the National Cemetery Administration. Veterans’ loved ones may request a PMC in person at any VA regional office or through the u.s. mail by writing to:

Memorial Programs Service (403A)
National Cemetery Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What documents do I need to provide to verify eligibility for inurnment in Arlington’s columbarium?
A copy of the latest discharge document is required for honorably discharged veterans. An active duty statement is required for individualS serving on active duty. If the veteran is retired from active duty, no documentation is required. A discharge document is required if the veteran’s military retirement has been combined with civil service retirement. For those retired from the Reserves, a copy of the last discharge document that describes the active duty performance (other than for training) is required.

What documents do I need to provide for in-ground burial?
For decorated honorably discharged veterans, a copy of the last discharge document and a copy of the order awarding the decoration ifit not listed on the discharge document. Former prisoners of war (POW) must provide a copy of their last discharge document and an official military document that confirms their former POW status.

An active duty statement is required for the active duty personnel. Veterans retired from active duty are not required to provide documentation unless their military retirement has been combined with civil service retirement. In this case, a copy of the retirement order and the last discharge document must be provided. Retired Reservists must provide a copy of their discharge documents that verify active military service for other than training purposes. For veterans that have held Executive Level I and II in the Federal Government and/or Federal Elective Office, a copy of the last discharge document is required.

How do I make arrangements for burial?
Arrangements for burial in Arlington National Cemetery can not be made in advance. At the time of need, contact a local funeral home and have the funeral director call the cemetery’s Interment Services Branch at (703) 607-8585 to request burial. Any required documents (see preceding answer) should be provided to the funeral director and faxed to the cemetery at (703) 607-8583. The same procedure is followed if an eligible family member should predecease the veteran. Eligibility is based on the veteran’s military service.

How do I get the casket or urn to Arlington?
Generally, your funeral director will arrange transportation of the remains through a commercial airline. All costs associated with the shipping and storage of the remains is the responsibility of the next of kin. If the death occurred while on active duty, the appropriate branch of service will pay for transportation costs. All cremated remains must be hand carried to Arlington National Cemetery by a local funeral director, family member, or executor. They can not be sent to the cemetery through the U.S. Postal Service or other commercial carriers.

How much does it cost to be buried in Arlington?
There is no charge for services provided by the cemetery, including the preparation and maintenance of the gravesite or a Government provided headstone, niche cover, or graveliner.

What military honors are provided?
Military honors are provided on a first come, first served basis. The honors described on pages 19-20 of this booklet may be modified if the next of kin does not desire part or all of the honors available. Dependents without military service are not eligible for military honors. However, pallbearers. and a military chaplain may be provided upon request.

How do I arrange for military honors?
Once a request has been made and eligibility has been verified, the cemetery staff will advise the next of kin or the funeral director of the honors available and make arrangements. Cemetery staff may also arrange for a military chaplain and schedule use of the chapel at Fort Myer when requested.

If my spouse or dependent child should predecease me, can they be buried in Arlington?
Yes. However, the eligible veteran will be required to sign a statement agreeing to be buried at their time of need in the same gravesite or columbarium niche.

What is a graveliner?
It is a concrete container that the casket is placed in within a gravesite. It is provided at no cost and is used to reduce the amount of grave sinkage subsequent to the interment.

If my first spouse is interred in Arlington and I remarry, can my second spouse also be interred in the same gravesite or niche?
Yes, if you are the eligible veteran. That is, you must be the person whose military service established the eligibility for the first interment. If you should predecease your second spouse, he or she will retain eligibility for interment as long as they are unmarried at the time of their death.

Can I have a chapel service at Fort Myer before the interment?
Yes, if requested in advance. Chapel services will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis by the cemetery staff at the time the burial arrangements are completed. Chapel services are conducted prior to the interment.

Can we use our family minister for the chapel service and at the gravesite?
Yes, however, your family minister must keep the service within the scheduled time frame to avoid delaying the next scheduled service. If a long service is anticipated, it should be conducted in the family church or at the funeral home. Protestant services can not exceed 20 minutes at the chapel and 4-6 minutes at the gravesite. Catholic and Orthodox services including mass can not exceed 45 minutes at the chapel and 8 minutes at the gravesite.

If my remains are cremated, can I still be buried in the ground?
Yes, if you are eligible for in-ground burial as outlined on page II of this booklet.

If I am cremated, what Military Honors are provided?
There is no difference in the military honors provided for casketed or cremated remains. See pages 19-20 of this booklet for additional information.

If I am cremated, can my next of kin arrange for interment without using a funeral home?
Yes. Your next of kin or their representative may call the cemetery’s Interment Services Office at (703) 607-8585 to schedule a service.

Is a special container required for the inurnment of cremated remains?
No. The heavy plastic container provided by most crematories is acceptable for in-ground burial or inurnment in the cemetery’s columbarium. Urns placed in the columbarium must fit in a niche 10″ wide, 13″ high, and 18″ deep. See page 11 of this booklet for information on in-ground burial of cremated remains.

What is needed on the day of the interment service?
Family and friends of the deceased should arrive at the cemetery in private vehicles or vehicles provided by the funeral home to travel to the gravesite or columbarium for the service. The cemetery does not provide transportation.

For interment of cremated remains, the next of kin should arrive with the cremated remains, a cremation or death certificate, and a burial flag if military honors are to be provided. Casketed remains brought to the cemetery by the funeral home in a hearse require a transfer permit if crossing state lines.

After eligibility is confirmed, how long will it be until the services can be conducted?
Approximately two weeks should be anticipated for inurnment in the Columbarium. In-ground burials average ten to fifteen days (excluding Federal holidays). Please note that requests for the Fort Myer chapel and military honors cause the greater delay in scheduling interment services.

How long does it take for the marker/headstone to be erected?
It takes approximately two to three months for the marker/headstone to arrive and be set in place. You may check the status of the marker/ headstone by calling 703-607-8577.