ANC adding additional military funeral honors, increasing service attendance to 50

Julia LeDoux
June 29, 2020 - 12:07 pm

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is implementing the next step in its phased plan to increase public access to the cemetery and to add honors offered at military funerals.

The cemetery is able to make the move since COVID-19 cases in the Washington, D.C. area are trending downward, ANC said in a release.

“Arlington National Cemetery will continue to balance activities to protect our workforce, funeral attendees and family pass holders while we work to accomplish our most sacred mission in this COVID-19 environment," said Karen Durham-Aguilera, executive director, Office of Army National Cemeteries and ANC. 

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On Monday, military funeral honors with a modified escort will be available for eligible service members, according to the release. This consists of individual service branch body bearers, a firing party, escort commander with guidon, escort, bugler, drummer, national colors and a 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,” the release reads.

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Military funeral honors and dependent honors will continue with branch of service-specific military honor teams. Funeral attendance is also being increased from fewer than 10 to fewer than 50 individuals at the graveside. The cemetery continues to remain closed to the public, with exceptions for funeral attendees and family pass holders.  Face covering and social distancing policies remain in effect and a valid government ID must be presented to gain admission to ANC.

Each phase is based on 14-day COVID-19 case and symptom downward trajectories, available health care and testing, and Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia conditions to include DoD regulations and CDC guidance.

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