National Cemetery Administration
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please contact the office for holiday closings.
Visitation Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains.
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information visit our eligibility web page.
Cemetery is located in the southwest corner of Dallas, Texas, midway between Interstate 20 and Interstate 30 just off Spur 408. From Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport take the airport road to Highway 183 (west) to Highway 360 (south) until and proceed (south) to Interstate 20. Travel (east) on Interstate 20 to Mountain Creek Parkway exit. Proceed (north) on Mountain Creek Parkway approximately four miles to the cemetery. If Mountain Creek Parkway is closed at the Interstate 20 exit, please continue taking Interstate-20 (east) to Spur 408. Take 408 (north) to Kiest exit (west). Take Kiest (west) to stop light at Mountain Creek Parkway and turn right (north); cemetery is one mile to your right.
Fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.
The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery was dedicated and opened for burials on May 12, 2000. The cemetery is situated on a 638.5-acre parcel of land that overlooks picturesque Mountain Creek Lake. The gently rolling hills provide a pastoral setting for visitors as they proceed along the central boulevard to the small lake adjacent to the assembly area and committal shelters.
There are instances when you should contact the National Cemetery directly such as:
- Scheduling an Active Duty interment
- Cancelling or rescheduling an interment
- Changing information originally supplied to the scheduling center
- Request for disinterment and/or relocation to another national cemetery
Special events: Memorial Day Ceremony (May), Veterans Day Ceremony (November) and Wreaths Across America (December). Please contact the office for dates.
Burial space: Cremated remains may be placed in ground with a flat marker or in the above ground columbarium wall. The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery recently completed the Phase II expansion project of an additional 53 developed acres; providing an additional 20,500 casketed burial sites and 4,000 columbarium niches.
General Information Kiosk: There are two locations. The Public Information Center Kiosk is available during visitation hours and the Administration Office Kiosk is available during business hours only. The Kiosk contains the names of veterans and their eligible dependents buried at the cemetery. The Kiosk will generate a printed map with the name of the decedent and their grave location
Public Information Center: The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery has a Public Information Center (PIC) where visitors can obtain information from an automated Kiosk or from volunteers who staff the PIC Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4:00 p.m.
Funeral processions: All funeral processions meet with their family, clergy, and cemetery representative at the PIC and then proceed to the designated shelter.
Military Funeral Honors
To schedule military honors, please contact the following branches directly:
Army – fax your request to the Texas National Guard Military Funeral Honors at 512-782-6143. Follow-up with a phone call to: TXNG MFH Coordinator Office, ph. 512-782-5321, Cell: 512-585-9710
Air Force – Dyess Honor Guard, ph. 325-696-1597, Fax: 325-696-5707
Navy – NAS JRB Fort Worth Honor Guard, ph. 904-542-1536 or 904-542-9807, Fax: 904-542-3851.
Marines – Quantico National MFH Request Center, ph. 703-432-9524
Coast Guard – ph. 504-625-5177, Fax: 504-253-4826
Please note that the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard WILL NOT provide honors if they are not confirmed directly with the above offices. While our office works with the military honor details, we cannot tell them what to do and when to do it. Some of the branches are no longer offering "full" military honors for retirees. The military requirement is a two-man team, with folding of the flag and rendering of Taps. If you have a concern with this, please contact the military honor branch office directly. If you choose to use a private organization to support your family’s service, please contact them directly.
Cemetery policies are conspicuously posted and readily visible to the public.
Floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the completed grave. Please limit your gravesite arrangements to one arrangement for cremation sites and two arrangements for casketed sites.
January - December
Fresh cut flowers may be placed on gravesites throughout the year. They will be removed as soon as they become unsightly. Faded and unsightly floral items are removed daily from gravesites. Temporary floral containers are available for use.
October 1st – April 1st
Artificial flowers are acceptable only during this time and will be removed when they become unsightly.
December 1st - January 20th
Christmas wreaths and grave blankets are permitted only during this time and may not be larger than two (2) ft. by three (3) ft.
Potted plants will only be permitted on gravesites 10 days before and l0 days after Easter, Memorial Day, and Christmas.
Plantings are not permitted at any time.
Floral items and other types of decorations may not be secured or adhered to headstones, markers or niche covers at any time or they will be removed.
Statues, vigil lights, shepherd’s hooks, breakable objects of any nature, and similar commemorative items are not permitted on gravesites at any time.
During the growing seasons, all floral items will be removed from gravesites every two weeks; however, fresh flowers are removed as soon as they become unsightly.
Flowers may be placed directly on the ground or in a temporary floral container in front of the Columbarium or gravesite.
All items become U.S. Government property and will be disposed of accordingly. Please be aware that the National Cemetery is not responsible for maintaining, replacing and/or safeguarding items placed on gravesites.
These regulations may be changed or updated without prior notification.
VA regulations 38 CFR 1.218 prohibit the carrying of firearms (either openly or concealed), explosives or other dangerous or deadly weapons while on VA property, except for official purposes, such as military funeral honors. Possession of firearms on any property under the charge and control of VA is prohibited. Offenders may be subject to a fine, removal from the premises, or arrest.
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery is the sixth national cemetery in Texas and the 118th in the national cemetery system.
Currently, more than 1.5 million veterans live in the state of Texas and approximately 460,000 reside in the cemetery's service area. The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery has developed 152 acres of the 638-acre cemetery providing 41,102 casketed sites and 18,121 columbaria/garden niches for cremated remains. Fully developed, Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery will provide burial space for 280,000 eligible veterans and dependents.
Monuments and Memorials
Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery features a memorial walkway lined with a variety of memorials that honor America’s veterans, donated by various organizations. As of 2011, there were 54 memorials at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery — most commemorating events and troops of the 20th century wars.
Medal of Honor Recipients
Candelario Garcia, a native of Texas, enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 28, 1963. He was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, also referred to as the Big Red One during the Vietnam War. On March 14, 2014, Sgt. Garcia received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While acting as team leader, Garcia initiated an attempt to aid wounded comrades and opened himself to enemy fire. Sgt. Garcia eliminated two enemy machine-gun positions on December 8, 1968 near Lai Khe, Vietnam. Garcia died January 10, 2013 (Section 107, Grave 209).
Colonel (then First Lieutenant) James L. Stone, (Korean War), U.S. Army, Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Near Sokkogae, Korea, Nov. 21 and 22, 1951. (Section 76, Grave 1658L).
Cloyde Pinson, Sr., Founder of the Texas National Cemetery Foundation (Section 76, Grave 1702B).
Bobbie Joe Cavnar was the 22-year-old pilot of the big four-engine Douglas C-54 that rescued a stranded crew of the wrecked B-29 "Kee Bird" from the far northwest tip of Greenland in February 1947. Cavnar landed his transport plane on a small frozen glacial lake near the wreck. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions and personally congratulated by President Harry S. Truman. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1964. (Section 11, Grave 99).