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Old 08-06-2012, 07:23 PM   #15
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If the ceremony will be just a burial service, I would phone Arlington and ask what your options are. Visitors can get a gravesite parking pass to allow you to drive to a gravesite of someone you know but I don't know if that works during funeral services. To get a gravesite pass, you have to park in the parking garage and walk to the visitor center. They will issue the gravesite pass and a pass to get out of the garage for free. Here is the site that explains about the gravesite pass but, again, I would suggest calling to get more information.
Arlington National Cemetery | Vehicle Passes for Gravesite Visitation
You should not need a pass to attend a service. When entering ANC, do not turn left into the garage. Continue straight to the guards. They maintain a list of services for the day. With the name of the deceased you will be allow to proceed to the administration building where there is a family room to gather prior to the grave side service. At the service time the visitors will be advised to get in their vehicles and follow the hearse to the appointed section of the cemetery. If full honors (Caisson, an Escort Platoon, Band) are being rendered the hearse will stop a section or two away from the grave to transfer the coffin to the caisson. Usually all other visitors will go to the grave side while family walks behind the caisson.

Close family will be issued entry passes so they can visit any time the cemetery is open, driving directly to the grave. After the day of the service all other visitors must stop to get a day pass to go to the grave site.

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Old 08-06-2012, 08:22 PM   #16
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I can agree about Cherry Hill, we have stayed there on two separate occasions. We made a third trip this May for our grandson's graduation. The family lives in Lorton VA which is south of D.C. This time we stayed at Bull Run National park. Excellent campground at a reasonable fee. It is not a commercial RV park like Cheery Hill. It is a large true campground, heavy trees and dense forest. We had only water and 50amp service. They had sewer sites, but they were all booked for an RV club rally.
We drove the toad about 7 miles to the subway station on a couple of trips into D.C. And we drove the toad into D.C. A couple of times when the family itinerary had us seeing lots of sites, far apart.
Sorry for the occasion of your visit. But it a wonderful Place to visit. And you can spend endless days and weeks in the area if you have any red, white, and blue running in your veins.

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Old 08-09-2012, 07:59 AM   #17
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You are going to ANC and that s on the VA side of the river. I would stay at bull run and drive to ANC. Traffic is something to get used to and here is huge construction. If coming up from FL, I would go over and up on I 81 then I 66 to Bull Run. Lots less in the traffic and no real construction and a strait shot into DC too. You can take HOV in the morning if there are two of you and easily get to the service.

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