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National Cemetery Administration

Cemetery Components - Memorial Walk, Memorial Section and Memorial Wall

Function Picture of a cemetery's memorial walk 

The function of a Memorial Walk is to provide a path for visitor access to a Memorial Section where veterans organizations and other groups may place memorial plaques mounted on stones or monuments to commemorate certain groups, units, campaigns or other military events on walls designated for that purpose. A donations area for these donated memorial monuments may be located here and may be the location of the secondary flagpole for display of the POW/MIA flag.

The donated memorials are typically 18 inches deep x 24 inches wide x 24 inches high, with granite bases or natural boulders, and are placed in small cleared areas adjacent to a path. The Memorial Walk or donations area (Memorial Section) must appear complete as a feature in its own right, even without any donated memorials. As with all cemetery features, the Memorial Walk/Donations Area must be relatively flat or with a gentle slope and accessible to disabled persons without using sidewalks and ramps for wheelchairs.

Components

A Memorial Section for headstones memorializing those whose remains are unavailable for burial may be located in areas of a cemetery not suitable for casketed interments, because of soils, terrain or landscape features. The size and layout of the Memorial Section will depend on the site layout, size of the individual memorial site, and the demand at a particular cemetery for memorial sites.

A memorial site is 3 feet x 3 feet marked with a flat or upright marker of granite or bronze, except that bronze memorial plaques may be mounted on walls designated for that purpose, in lieu of placement of a marker in a memorial section. The walls may be portions of other features such as retaining walls, terraces, etc., which are appropriate for memorial purposes.

Design Requirements

A Memorial Walk shall have appropriate locations designated along the path for donated memorials, plaques, and benches.

The Memorial Walk consists of an asphalt path leading to a Memorial Section or donations area. Minimize the visual impact of the paved surfaces, if designed as a woodland path. The site turf is maintained, cut and trimmed along the Memorial Walk. Landscape features may be grouped nearby depending on the project.

Cost

The walk costs approximately $20 per linear foot.

Additional Photos

Picture of a cemetery's memorial walk.
Picture of a cemetery's memorial walk.
Picture of a cemetery's memorial walk.