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National Cemetery Administration

Quantico National Cemetery

Address:
18424 Joplin Road (Route 619)
Triangle, VA 22172

Phone: (703) 221-2183
FAX: (703) 221-2185

Cemetery Map

Kiosk on Site? Yes

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial at Quantico National Cemetery.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial at Quantico National Cemetery.

HOURS

Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Visitation Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

BURIAL SPACE

This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains.

DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST AIRPORT

Cemetery is located midway between Washington, DC and Fredericksburg, VA off Interstate 95 at South bound Exit 150B and North bound Exit 150 onto Rt. 619 West. Proceed ¾ mile on Rt. 619 West to the cemetery entrance on the left. Directional signs are posted on I-95 and Rt. 619.

SCHEDULE A BURIAL

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.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The mailing address for the cemetery is:

Quantico National Cemetery
P.O. Box 10
Triangle, VA 22172

A Kiosk, which is an electronic gravesite locator, is in the breezeway of the administration building. The grave locator is available to the public daily from sunrise to sunset.

Avenue of Flags program: A deceased veteran's flag may be donated to the cemetery at any time to be flown in the "Avenue of Honor." The full complement of flags is flown on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. On other holidays the flags are only raised from the main entrance gate to the second flagpole circle adjacent to the Administration Building. The donor will receive a letter and Certificate of Appreciation for their donation.
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FLORAL/GROUNDS POLICY

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments that are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel.

Floral arrangements accompany the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the completed gravesite.

Fresh cut flowers may be placed on gravesite at any time. The Quantico National Cemetery will provide temporary plastic flower containers.

Flowers will be removed from gravesites and disposed of by cemetery personnel when they become withered, faded or otherwise unsightly or when it becomes necessary to facilitate cemetery operations such as mowing, interments or any renovations.

Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects of any kind, and similar commemorative items are not permitted on gravesites at any time. Cemetery personnel will remove these and other hazardous objects from the gravesite and hold for one month for the family to retrieve.

Artificial flowers will be permitted on gravesites during the period from November 1 through March 31. Artificial flowers and potted plants will be permitted on gravesites ten (10) days before and ten (10) days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day.

During the Christmas season, Christmas wreaths, grave floral blankets and other such Christmas floral arrangements will be permitted commencing December 1 and allowed to remain on the grave through January 31 of each year. Grave floral blankets may not be larger than 2-feet by 3- feet.

Floral items and other types of decorations will not be secured to the headstones, markers, or niche covers.
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WEAPONS POLICY

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.
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HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Quantico National Cemetery is located on land that was part of the U.S. Marine Corps training base adjacent to Quantico in Prince William County, Va. The land has been used by the military for over 200 years. First, around 1775 by the Commonwealth of Virginia for Navy operations, and later, as a blockade point for the Confederate army during the Civil War.

In 1918 a permanent Marine base was established at Quantico. The Marine Corps Schools, a forerunner of the Marine Corps Development and Education Command, was created there in 1921. Since 1941, the focus of the base has been individual education rather than unit training. In 1977, the Marine Corps donated 725 acres of this land to the VA’s National Cemetery Administration, to establish a facility at Quantico. The cemetery was formally dedicated on May 15, 1983.

Monuments and Memorials
There are nine memorials in all. A monument to Edson’s Raiders was the first memorial dedicated at Quantico National Cemetery, unveiled on the memorial pathway on Aug. 6, 1989. It is dedicated to the 800 members of the First Marine Raider Battalion, which from August 1942 to October 1943, played a key role in helping the greatly outnumbered American forces push back Japanese troops in the Brigit Solomon Islands.

The Purple Heart Memorial was dedicated Aug. 7, 1990, in honor of Purple Heart medal recipients interred at the cemetery. The Purple Heart was created by George Washington in 1782 and was originally awarded for heroism. It eventually fell into disuse until 1931 when Gen. Douglas MacArthur revived it for soldiers who were wounded or killed in defense of their nation.

Additional memorials honor: Colonel William "Rich" Higgins, Marine Corps, who was captured and held hostage in Lebanon by pro-Iranian Hezbollah terrorists; the Fourth Marine or "Fighting Fourth" Division; the Commonwealth of Virginia Memorial dedicated to honor all of the nation’s veterans; the First Marine Division Memorial, in memory of those who lost their lives while serving with the 1st Marine Division; and the 6th Marine Division or "Striking Sixth" Memorial to honor the division that won the Presidential Unit Citation for its actions in Okinawa during World War II. The memorial design is based on a Japanese tomb. The 6th Marine Division Presidential Unit Citation, unveiled on April 14, 2000, for its distinguished "Service Second to None" on Okinawa during World War II. The Order of the Purple Heart memorial was donated by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1503. Dedicated on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009.
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NOTABLE PERSONS

Louis R. Lowery, a World War II Marine combat photographer, took the picture of the first U.S. flag rising on top of Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi in 1945. The flag was said to be the first U.S. flag flown over Japanese territory in World War II. He was interred on April 1, 1987, Section 1, Gravesite 6422.

General Lewis William Walt, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps from 1968-71, had a career that spanned over 35 years and he served through three major wars. General Walt was awarded two Navy Crosses, one Silver Star, and two Purple Hearts. He was interred on May 11, 2000, in Section 17, Gravesite 51-B.

Colonel William "Rich" Higgins, the chief of a 75-member United National observer group, was captured by a pro-Iranian Shiite Moslem group on Feb. 17, 1988 in Beirut. He was held hostage and killed by his kidnappers on July 6, 1990. A marker was placed in our memorial section until his body was found and returned to the U.S. Colonel Higgins was interred on Dec. 30, 1991, in Section 23, Gravesite 141.

Our cemetery history handout includes other notable burials and is available at Quantico National Cemetery Administration Office.