Arlington National Cemetery

Full Honors Caisson at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is a hallowed shrine and a permanent resting place for our nation’s most decorated and honored veterans.

Since its beginning in 1864, Arlington National Cemetery has sheltered the memory of over 400,000 men and women. In 1967 and 1977, the requirements for ground burial at Arlington were made more restrictive in order to conserve the rapidly eroding vacant space.

Though most ground burials are limited to active duty service members, retired veterans, Medal of Honor, Silver Star and Purple Heart recipients, other veterans may qualify to be honored at Arlington under other conditions.

For example, any honorably discharged veteran (and their spouse) is eligible to have their urn placed in Arlington National’s Columbarium. The Columbarium is a special building on the southeast side of the cemetery that houses two urns inside a single niche. After placement, the niche is covered with a marble face on which is engraved the names of the veteran (and/or their spouse), the highest rank achieved, and the dates of birth and death.

Currently, Arlington National Cemetery is experiencing a significant time delay between when a family makes a request for a service, a burial or urn placement and when that event occurs.

Active duty members and those who die of “hostile wounds” are always scheduled first. Services for members of the military are given priority over dependents. And burials of caskets take precedence over the placement of urns. Although the delay can be frustrating, the distinction, respect and honor accorded the veteran and their family makes most feel that the wait is definitely worth the inconvenience.

For assistance with an interment request, cemetery requirements, or military honors information, feel free to contact us. We’ve helped thousands of families with Arlington National Cemetery services. We’d be honored to help your family, too.

Additional information about Arlington National Cemetery can be found at http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Funerals/Scheduling-a-Funeral Flags flying in front of a row of marble headstones at Arlington National Cemetery

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