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07-25-2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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Anybody ever attend a service at arlington cemetary, virginia

i have a service to attend to in oct at the arlington national cemetary...i will be taking pictures for the family...there will be the bugler and the airforce gun salute...i have tried to check out flickr and the arlington cemetary site but am having trouble trying to figure out how close i will be to the service and what lens i should bring...i am willing to buy a lens if i need to but i want to make sure these are extra special...has anyone had any experience attending a service..thanks alot

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I havent attended as such, but witnessed a couple happening whilst i was there as a visitor

The one I saw the most of was quite small, approx 25 attendees. If it is similar, you will be very close for most of the service. The gun salute was maybe...50m or so from the gatherers at a guess. The musicians were slightly closer than the gun salute. The attendee's followed the coffin into the area for the service, 5-10m behind. I didn't take any pictures (didn't feel right taking pictures of someone's random funeral) so can't show you but that is how I recall it.
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Recently there have been changes in the administration of funerals at National Cemeteries and I would call Arlington directly to find out what the actual rules in place now are instead of going on what may be out of date information.
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I recently attended the funeral of a co-worker at Saratoga National Cemetary. It's probably similar. If the family wants pictures taken of the Honor Guards, you should have no problems getting in front. At least from my experience at Saratoga, the kit lens or similar would have worked fine. I didn't take any pictures and didn't bring a camera but a few people did with their camera phones. There were a couple of hundred people. At Saratoga, you waited in a staging area at the entrance and then the funeral was escorted to the site. There are always several funerals every day..

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