National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Visitation Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains.
Pittsburgh International Airport: Go East on I-376 to I-79 South; take Exit 48 Southpointe Hendersonville, turn left at light onto Southpointe Blvd., at next light turn left onto Morganza Road; go to first stop sign, turn left onto Morgan Road, you will travel over Interstate 79, the main entrance to the cemetery will be 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.
A columbarium is also available for cremated remains.
The cemetery staff maintains a list of Veterans Service Organization units that may be contacted by the Funeral Home or Next of Kin to arrange a military honor group in addition to or in lieu of the Department of Defense Military Funeral Honors.
There are more than 323,000 veterans living in western Pennsylvania; the 292-acre national cemetery will serve the veterans and their families well into the next century. The cemetery is located approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Pittsburgh.
The firm of Marshall-Tyler-Raush of Pittsburgh completed the master plan design and construction documents. Phase I construction was completed in July 2008 and the staff moved into their new facilities in August 2008.
Yearly events include a Memorial Day Ceremony held the Sunday before Memorial Day at 11:00 a.m. and a Veterans Day Ceremony held on Veterans Day at 11:00 a.m.
There is a Wreaths Across America Ceremony held each year in December. For more information about the Wreaths Across America program, date/time of the ceremony and to make donations you may go to their web site located at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Please note that the cemetery does not coordinate donations for the wreaths.
There is a gravesite locator (Kiosk) in the Public Information Building for those who may not know the location of a gravesite.
The cemetery has a Volunteer Program. If you are interested in volunteering in our Public Information Center or Administration Building, please contact the office for more information.
Cemetery policies are conspicuously posted and readily visible to the public.
We welcome and encourage fresh-cut flowers throughout the year.
The cemetery supplies temporary vases for visitors to use when placing flowers at a gravesite. The vases are located in receptacles throughout the cemetery. Water is also available at that same location. Flowers will be removed from gravesites and disposed of by cemetery personnel when they become withered, faded, or otherwise unsightly. They also may be removed for routine mowing or other maintenance.
Artificial flowers are only allowed after the end of mowing operations in the fall on October 10 and must be removed when mowing operations resume in the spring on April 15.
On Easter and Memorial Day, potted plants and artificial flowers may be placed on gravesites 10 days before through 10 days following the holiday. During the holiday season, from December 1 through January 20, seasonal floral items and gravesite blankets (2’ x 3’) may be placed on gravesites. Items may not be secured to headstones or markers.
To maintain the dignity of the cemetery and for the safety of the cemetery personnel; flags, commemorative items, balloons, pinwheels, beads, wires, wind chimes, glass items, votive lights, statues, shepherd’s hooks; permanent plantings and items exceeding the height of the headstones, among other items, are not allowed.
Floral items and other types of decorations cannot be secured to the headstones or niche covers. Unauthorized items will be removed and discarded. Due to the open nature of the grounds, the cemetery cannot guarantee against theft, vandalism or the effects of nature.
Staff and weather permitting, a golf cart is available to transport handicapped/disabled individuals to the gravesites Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding Federal Holidays.
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.
Prior to the development of the National Cemetery, the site was continually farmed since the 1800s, and the region was the flash point of the historic Whisky Rebellion of 1794.
Burials at the National Cemetery began in August 2005 with the formal dedication taking place on October 9, 2005.
Monuments and Memorials
The cemetery has a memorial section in instances where there are no remains. Please contact the cemetery for further information and procedures to request a memorial headstone.
The cemetery features a Memorial Pathway that is lined with a variety of memorials that honor America's Veterans.
Captain U.S. Army and First Lieutenant U.S. Army Air Forces, Charles William Tate. Fighter Pilot, Squadron B2143 RD, "Tuskegee Airman." Tuskegee Army Air Field, Alabama, European Theatre February 29, 1944. Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross (Section 1, Grave 1118).
Dr. Roland Harding served in World War II as a forward observer and artillery officer with the 3rd Armored Division, he left the service after attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a member of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly from 1957-1958, and later served as director of the VA Pharmacy Services in the VA Central Office, Washington, D.C., in the 1970s and '80s (Section 5, Grave 893).