Located on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall, we are the only private funeral home in the country that has an office on a military installation. Immediately adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery, our Arlington location’s only task is handling the burials of our nation’s heroes at Arlington National Cemetery and Quantico National Cemetery.
Serving the community for over 100 years.
To honor the life of a loved one, many families like to experience the beauty and freedom of doves in flight as they are released as part of the graveside service.
Storke Funeral Home has three locations that offer traditional and non-traditional services and facilities. Two of our funeral homes (Bowling Green and King George) have formal chapels with wooden pews that offer families a service that has the feel of something you would experience in the sanctuary of a church.
On the 15th and 16th of December 2019, Storke Funeral Home will present its annual Holiday Remembrance Illumination. The evening events are dedicated to the family members that have passed away during the year and since our last illumination.
Storke Funeral Home introduces a new program, unique to the funeral industry, called “Floral Legacy”. With the family’s permission, the funeral home staff will transport any number of floral arrangements, designated by the family, back to the funeral home at the conclusion of the funeral.
The next day, a group of volunteers will “take apart” the funeral baskets, grouping the different types of flowers, greenery and other foliage and rearranging them in attractive vases and containers to be distributed to local nursing homes, hospitals or elderly shut-ins. What a fitting tribute to your loved one – to know that others will benefit and be blessed with this unique “gift” that keeps giving.
How do I schedule a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery?
Arlington National Cemetery schedules services based on available cemetery and military resources. The process to schedule a burial at Arlington National Cemetery can be complex. Each request is unique and it can take several weeks to several months to schedule and conduct a service at Arlington National Cemetery.
Upon the death of the veteran or veteran's spouse, the primary next of kin (PNOK) or person authorized to direct disposition (PADD) should contact a local funeral home to arrange for any desired services in the hometown. The PNOK, PADD or the funeral director should telephone Arlington National Cemetery's customer service center at 1-877-907-8585 to arrange for the interment/inurnment service. Storke Funeral Home is proud to support our nation's heroes with chapel and funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery. Our Chapel is located on Fort Myer - Henderson Hall, directly adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery.
What are the requirements for burial at Arlington National Cemetery?
Arlington National Cemetery's eligibility requirements for burial and inurnment are different from other national cemeteries that are maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligibility for in-ground burial at Arlington National Cemetery is the most stringent of all U.S. national cemeteries. However, most veterans who have at least one day of active service (other than for training) and an honorable discharge are eligible for above-ground inurnment. Eligibility is determined at the time of need. You can find more information about eligibility by visiting the Arlington National Cemetery Website here.
What type of headstones or niche covers can be used at Arlington National Cemetery?
The U.S. government will provide, at no cost to the estate of the deceased, an upright, white marble headstone or white marble niche cover. Arlington National Cemetery staff will place the order which goes to the National Cemetery Administration (part of the Department of Veterans Affairs). The order for the headstone or niche cover will include the appropriate inscription and choice of an optional emblem of belief. The next of kin will review the proposed headstone or niche cover text template prior to the date of interment, and the template will be finalized with cemetery staff prior to or on the day of the interment.
Private Headstone Markers
Arlington National Cemetery no longer accepts requests for new private (e.g., not government-provided) headstone markers due to extremely limited space and interment challenges such as growth of trees, landscape, and maintenance provisions, and safety concerns for families and staff.
Families that currently maintain a private marker, or foresee a secondary interment or inscription at Arlington National Cemetery, are reminded that they are responsible for the perpetual care of these headstones. Accurate commemoration of individuals on private markers is also the responsibility of the family.
How does the Arlington Chapel coordinate with Arlington National Cemetery?
Fort Myer (home of the Army’s “Old Guard”) and USMC Base Henderson Hall provide burial and logistical support to the funeral operations at Arlington National Cemetery. After decades of planning military funerals, we have made it our specialty, and we have had the honor of helping families from the local area, our nation and around the world.
Independently owned and operated, we are here to expertly and professionally guide you through this difficult process.
At Storke Funeral Home, we know that the things that matter most are the little things. The small details that go into planning a suitable funeral or memorial are where we excel. A funeral or memorial service should be one of the most professional and dignified events in a family's experiences. That’s why we feel comfortable in saying: ask any family that we have served for a recommendation.