National Cemetery Administration
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day.
Visitation Hours: Open daily from dawn to dusk.
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.
The cemetery is located 25 miles northeast of the Harrisburg International Airport. From the airport, travel Interstate 283 North to Interstate 83 North to Interstate 81 North and take exit 85B. Bear right off the exit and the cemetery entrance is ¼ mile on the 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.
Yearly events include a Memorial Day Ceremony the Sunday before Memorial Day at 2:00 p.m. rain or shine. A Veterans Day Ceremony the Sunday before Veterans Day at 2:00 p.m. rain or shine and the Annual Candlelight Service the 2nd Saturday of December at 4:30 p.m.
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery oversees and maintains soldiers plots in Ashland Cemetery in Carlisle, Pa., and Prospect Hill Cemetery in York, Pa.
Cemetery policies are conspicuously posted and readily visible to the public.
Funeral arrangements to include a casket spray and three floral pieces accompanying the casket or urn at the time of the burial will be placed on the completed grave. They will be removed at the discretion of the cemetery when they become unsightly or when it becomes necessary to facilitate cemetery operations such as mowing.
Fresh cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time. They will be removed and disposed of when they become unsightly.
Artificial flowers will be permitted only from Nov. 15 through March 1 when their presence will not interfere with grounds maintenance. While potted plants are not suggested, they are permitted 10 days before through 10 days after Easter.
The cemetery will provide temporary plastic containers to the public for displaying floral arrangements. Permanent in-ground containers are not authorized.
Individual flags are not permitted on the graves. In lieu of the small individual grave flags, we display the Avenue of Flags, which provides a unique visible tribute to all of our Nation’s veterans. Flagpoles will be purchased to extend our Avenue of Flags to include new burial sections.
Christmas wreaths, grave blankets, and other seasonal adornments may be placed on graves from Dec. 1 through Jan. 9. All seasonal adornments, Christmas wreaths, grave blankets, etc., will be removed on Jan. 10. Grave blankets can be no larger than two feet by three feet. Floral items may not be secured to the markers. Wreath easels over 18" are not permitted and will be removed.
Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects, Christmas trees, balloons, pumpkins, and similar items are not permitted on the graves. VA does not permit adornments, which are:
- Considered offensive
- Inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery
- Considered hazardous to cemetery personnel (beads or wires may become entangled in mowers or other equipment and cause injury)
Floral items or decorations cannot be secured to headstones or markers. Unauthorized items will be removed by cemetery personnel and discarded.
Please do not park on any grassy areas. Please remain on paved road areas.
During the mowing and grounds maintenance season, all floral items will be removed from graves when necessary to facilitate mowing and maintenance operations.
All items placed on gravesites become the property of the US Government and will be disposed of under federal regulations. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery is not responsible for flowers after they have been placed on gravesites. Flowers are placed at your own risk. They will not be replaced by the cemetery if they are damaged, lost, or stolen. Deer and other wildlife may eat the fresh flowers and arrangements.
A golf cart is available, weather and ground conditions permitting, to physically challenged visitors needing assistance to gravesites during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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.
Indiantown Gap derives its name from the various Native American communities that resided in this region of Pennsylvania. The first inhabitants were Susquehannocks, an Iroquois tribe first encountered by Europeans in the 17th century. In the mid-1700s, Scotch-Irish, English and German pioneers settled the region and managed to live peacefully with the neighboring Lenape Indians. During the French and Indian War, however, tribes who were allied with French colonists raided many English frontier settlements. As Indiantown Gap increasingly became the site of frequent battles, pioneers built a number of defensive structures, including Swatara Fort, Harpers Fort and Reeds Fort.
In the 1930s, when the Pennsylvania National Guard needed a larger area for training maneuvers and firing ranges, the government authorized the acquisition of 12,047 acres in Dauphin and Lebanon counties. The 55th Infantry Brigade was the first unit to use Fort Indiantown Gap when it held its annual maneuvers at the reservation in summer 1932. The following year, the 53rd Field Artillery first trained at Indiantown Gap, and in 1934, the 28th Infantry Division and 52nd Cavalry Brigade were assembled there. Over 100 buildings from nearby Mount Gretna—including officers' mess halls, administration buildings, latrines and bathhouses—were dismantled and hauled by truck to the present location at Indiantown Gap.
After World War II, Indiantown Gap became a separation center for officers and enlisted men returning from overseas, and eventually home to the 32,000 troops of the 5th Infantry Division and a training center during the Korean War. From 1962 to 1973, Indiantown Gap was the host installation for the largest Reserve Officers Training Corps advanced summer camp nationwide. During this 11-year period, 41,158 cadets completed training. In 1975, Fort Indiantown Gap became a camp for Southeast Asian refugees. For eight months, more than 22,000 Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees were resettled through this facility.
In 1976, a section of Fort Indiantown Gap was selected as the national cemetery for the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania donated Land for the 677-acre site to the Veterans Administration.
Monuments and Memorials
The elaborate Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial is the largest monument in VA’s National cemeteries. The combination open-air space and building stands 107 feet high and 360 feet long. Its design evokes "the ruins of a war-torn building centered in a land of solemnity." Designed by Cee Jay Associates of West Chester, Pa., the granite, stone, and concrete composition was dedicated Oct. 7, 2001. The memorial is dedicated to all who serve the nation and veterans of all wars—past and future. Sponsors were veterans, the estate of Maj. Charles and Eva Hawkins and the state of Pennsylvania.