Respecting Heroes at Arlington National

How Burial Happens at Arlington National Cemetery 

When saying goodbye to a beloved military family member at Arlington National Cemetery, there are essential steps to follow. First, check if your loved one meets the criteria. Then, gather the required papers and talk to the cemetery’s folk for help. Plan the day with the cemetery’s staff, and consider how to honor your loved one.  

Interment, the laying to rest of a beloved military family member at Arlington National Cemetery, involves following a specific set of steps. However, please be aware that these details might change, so it’s a good idea to double-check the information directly with Arlington National Cemetery. Your effort to honor your loved one’s service is truly valued, and the staff at the cemetery will be there to help you with kind and caring guidance during this critical time. 

We at Fitchett-Mann Funeral Services also help you stay connected with the Arlington National Cemetery. 

Here is a general outline of the process:


It’s important to make sure that the military family member is eligible to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Usually, this includes those who were actively serving, retirees, certain veterans, and their closest family members. To get the most up-to-date information about the requirements, you can visit the official Arlington National Cemetery website or get in touch with their office. They truly care about helping you understand the eligibility criteria. 
Documentation and Verification 

Gather and complete necessary application forms for the interment process. These forms might include the Application for Interment (VA Form 40-1000) and other related papers. Please take special care to follow the instructions that come with the forms, as they are there to guide you through this process. Contact the Archives to obtain any necessary records. 
Contact Arlington National Cemetery

 Reach out to Arlington National Cemetery’s administration office to start the interment process. 
Application Process

Obtain and complete the appropriate application forms for interment. These forms may include the Application for Interment (VA Form 40-1000) and other related documents. Follow the instructions provided with the forms carefully. 

Work with the Arlington National Cemetery staff to schedule the interment date and time. They will guide you through the available options and help you choose a suitable slot. 
Logistics and Preparation

Plan the logistics for the interment, including transportation of the deceased and coordination of any military honors or ceremonies. Arlington National Cemetery provides options for military honors, including a military chaplain, honor guard, and more. 

On the scheduled date, bring the deceased to Arlington National Cemetery for interment. Follow the instructions provided by the cemetery staff for the placement of the casket or urn, as well as any additional ceremonies or honors. 
Headstone or Marker

If applicable, you can arrange for a headstone or marker to be placed at the gravesite. Arlington National Cemetery provides options for standard government-furnished headstones, markers, and some customization options. 
Post-Interment Services

The cemetery offers ongoing support services to families after interment. This may include access to grief counseling and other resources. 
Maintenance and Visitation

Arlington National Cemetery is maintained by the U.S. Army and is open to visitors. Family members can visit the gravesite and participate in special ceremonies and events held at the cemetery. 
It’s crucial to contact Arlington National Cemetery directly or visit their official website for the most current and detailed information regarding the interment process, eligibility criteria, required documentation, and any changes to procedures. The process may also vary depending on the specific circumstances and the type of interment (casket or cremated remains).

At Fitchett-Mann Funeral Services, we communicate directly with the cemetery, so you can be with your loved ones. 

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