Dear Families,

I wanted to let you know we are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely. We are working to ensure we meet the needs of families who are having services at Arlington while protecting you, and our staff. For the foreseeable future, Arlington Media is taking the following actions to mitigate the coronavirus’ impact on covering Arlington National Cemetery Services for families:

  • We are reducing the fee down to our cost, $25.00, for live web-streaming the service to families that decide not to attend due to the outbreak.
  • We will no longer meet with families in the Administration Building, or the Memorial Chapel, or the Old Post Chapel.
  • We will text you when we are in position, normally about 45 minutes before the service start time.
  • We will increase social distancing when meeting with families after a service, so no hand shaking or exchanging physical items, like photos or business cards.

Moving forward, some families have postponed their services rescheduling our coverage for later in the year. Other families have opted to have live web-streaming so they can view the service live without having to travel to the Washington, D.C. area. Our longstanding flexible and non-punitive cancellation policies will continue while we all work together during this difficult time.

Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by this worldwide crisis. If you have additional questions, please call me at (202) 536-3000.

Please take care of yourselves and each other,


Sunday, March 15th, 2020

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APRIL 6, 2020 UPDATE While most families decided to postponed their services until later this year, Arlington Media is still covering (and live web-streaming) services, while following CDC and ANC guidelines.
Member of the US Army Old Guard fold a flag during a service at Arlington National Cemetery during the COVID pandemic | arlington funeral service | Arlington Media, Inc.
Covering a service in section 81 with the US Army Old Guard's Delta company during the COVID pandemic.

COVID Frequently Asked Questions

Are you able to cover services while the Arlington Cemetery is closed to the public? (updated 4/1/2020)​

Yes, following CDC and Arlington policies, we are able to cover all services at Arlington with video, photography, or both. We can also live web-streaming services to those who are unable to attend.

Does your staff covering a service count towards the family participation limit of ten? (Updated 4/23/2020)​

No, according to Arlington Cemetery guidance, our staff covering a service do not count towards that limit.

How much does it cost to add web streaming to video coverage of our upcoming service?

The fee for web streaming is $95.00. Click here to learn more about live web-streaming

Are you able to take Group Photos? (Updated May 31, 2010)

Yes, upon request and in coordination with your Arlington Representative we normally take group photos at the end of the service. 

What we are doing to help our communities

Arlington Media Photographer Service | Arlington Media, inc.
Jon Girard covering a dignified arrival at National.
Photo: Clifford Crittenden

The AP filed a story about Arlington photographer Jon, and his wife Jenny, who are 3D printing, and donating face masks to hospitals and first responders.

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Sandy Schafer covering an Arlington Service.
Photo: Sandy Schferard did a story about Sandy raising money for local workers by taking covid-safe front porch photos.

Arlington Media's Video Processing Computers | arlington media, inc.
One of Arlington Media's video processing. computers
Photo: Clifford Crittenden

Arlington Media has some serious computing power, now being used to help fight COVID.

Processing four or five services a day in 4K and taking thousands of 25+ MP images, not only generates massive amounts of data, it takes a lot of CPU/GPU power to edit and deliver these videos and photos to our families.

Working with the Washington University of St. Louis’s project, our currently idle computers, and thousands of other computers worldwide are working together to help researchers find answers to overcome the COVID pandemic.

The Folding@home project is currently the fastest exaFlop computing system, and Arlington Media is proud to be a small part of this system by contributing all our excess computing resources.