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National Cemetery Administration

Site Elements/Features - Memorial Walkway/Donations Area


Each cemetery should have an area or areas, separate and distinct from interment areas for the collective display of memorials donated by various recognized veterans groups. The area(s) may take the form of a path or terrace and should provide a place for quiet walks and contemplation for cemetery visitors. To the extent possible, an established wooded setting provides the best location for the donation area(s) or memorial path. If developed as a walkway, it should have the character of a meandering path, should originate in the vicinity of the Flag/Assembly Area and have one other access point. A memorial walkway should have optimal locations designated along the path for donated memorials, plaques and benches. The donations area may be the location of the secondary flagpole for display of the POW/MIA flag.

Donated memorials are typically 450 millimeters (18 inches) deep x 600 millimeters (24 inches) wide x 600 millimeters (24 inches) high, granite bases, or natural boulders, and are placed in small cleared areas adjacent to a path. The walkway or donations "area" must appear complete as a feature in its own right, even without any donated memorials. As with all cemetery features, the memorial walkway/donations area must be accessible to disabled persons. Although some form of paving is necessary to meet accessibility standards, minimize the visual impact of the paved surface, if designed as a woodlands path.

Avenue of Flags

The cemetery development plan should indicate the location for an "avenue of flags" where donated American burial flags are displayed on special days. The entrance road, or the primary road, is typically the most suitable for this designation. The development plan should provide for sockets adjacent to the roadway for the erection of temporary flag staffs, approximately 4500 millimeters to 9000 millimeters (15 feet to 30 feet) high, spaced 6000 millimeters to 9000 millimeters (15 feet to 30 feet) apart.

Veterans Memorial

The cemetery development plan includes the design and siting of a potential major memorial donation by a veterans service organization. This memorial to all veterans (for example, a statue or wall) would occupy approximately 72 square meters (800 square feet). Select a site in a prominent area, perhaps in the general vicinity of the Flag/Assembly Area or the Memorial Walkway/Donations Area. The location need not be adjacent to a roadway, but pedestrian access to the memorial site is required. The cemetery development plan will show a location for a memorial, ingress and egress to the site, and the design of the memorial. The cemetery development must appear complete even if the potential memorial is never installed.

Carillon Tower Location

The cemetery development plan includes a site designated for a carillon tower, which potentially could be donated to the national cemetery. The tower would be approximately 13.5 m (45 feet) high and 1800 millimeters x 1800 millimeters (6 feet x 6 feet) at the base.