The Department of Veterans Affairs will formally dedicate the Omaha National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016 at the SumTur Amphitheater in Papillion, NE. The ceremony will include remarks by VA and elected officials, the unveiling of the dedication plaque and military honors. The ceremony is open to the public.
The new 236-acre cemetery will serve the burial needs of more than 112,000 Veterans in the cemetery’s service area for the next 100 years.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) purchased the land for the cemetery in December 2012 for $6 million. The property is located along South 144th St. (Highway 50), at 14250 Schram Road in Sarpy County. The cemetery will serve Veterans, spouses, and eligible dependents in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa not currently served with an open national, state or tribal Veterans cemetery within 75 miles of their residence. The closest national cemetery is Leavenworth National Cemetery located in Leavenworth, Kan., approximately 180 miles away.
VA awarded the architect and engineering contract to Vireo Planning & Design of Omaha, and the construction contract to Archer Western Construction. Plans for the initial phase of the cemetery will develop approximately 35 acres of land that will include pre-placed crypts, columbarium niches, in-ground niches, a scattering garden, ossuary, administration building and other supporting infrastructure elements. The cemetery’s first phase will provide for approximately 10 years of burials.
VA National Cemeteries are dedicated to the service and sacrifice of our nation's Veterans and their families. While we invite visitors to all 134 VA national cemeteries, we remind them of its solemn purpose and request they act in a dignified manner while on the cemetery grounds. For this reason, recreational gaming, like Pokémon Go, is not permitted. In addition, sports or recreational activities, including but not limited to: bicycle riding, jogging or recreational walking, picnicking, skateboarding or roller blading, walking of pets, fishing or hunting are prohibited.
We maintain these hallowed grounds as national shrines, committed to preserving the decorum and sanctity of them.
We remind the community that most cemeteries are open for visitation from dawn until dusk and welcome them in to learn more about the legacy of those interred there. For further information on specific cemeteries, please call the cemetery's administration office directly. For a listing of all National, state and tribal cemeteries, please visit: http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/cems/listcem.asp.
Since the Civil War, the United States has maintained national cemeteries to honor its Veterans' service. A century and a half later, these cemeteries offer a broad range of resources for study and opportunities to honor those who have served in the nation's wars. Within their walls and records may be found the story of how the nation has met its debt to those who served in its armed forces and how our understanding of that obligation has deepened with time.
The Veterans Legacy Program offers educators an integrated new suite of lesson plans designed to teach students about the service and sacrifice of our nation's Veterans, and to take advantage of our national cemeteries as historic places for teaching and learning - both in the classroom and on-site. The educational resources of the Veterans Legacy Program draw on rich stories from national cemeteries to offer teachers a variety of hands-on activities directly connected to national curriculum standards.
Customized for middle level and high school students, the program's five lesson plans introduce students to the important roles played by African American and women during the Civil War, to heroic Medal of Honor recipients and diverse service men and women of the Second World War, and to the history and traditions of Memorial Day.
The lesson plans are supplemented online with a variety of additional resources. These include a collection of primary source documents and images, interactive maps, and short videos related to the content of the lesson plans.
As the National Cemetery Administration launches these inaugural components of the new Veterans Legacy Program, educators and students are invited to provide comments, suggestions, and contributions to further develop and enhance these initial materials and to develop new resources in the future. Please visit the program website to comment: www.cem.va.gov/legacy.
VA offers an application form specific to the medallion. The form is labeled 40-1330M and can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-1330M.pdf.
The medallion is furnished in lieu of a traditional government headstone or grave marker to those Veterans whose death occurred on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. The medallion is available in three sizes: Large (6-3/8"W x 4-3/4"H x 1/2"D), Medium (3-3/4"W x 2-7/8"H x 1/4"D) and Small (2"W x 1-1/2"H x 1/3"D). Each medallion is inscribed with the word "VETERAN" across the top and the branch of service at the bottom. Once a claim for a medallion is received and approved, VA will mail the medallion along with a kit that will allow the family or the staff of a private cemetery to affix the device to a headstone, grave marker, mausoleum or columbarium niche cover.