National Cemetery Administration
Lakeside Cemetery Soldiers' Lot
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed federal holidays.
Visitation Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
This soldiers' lot is closed to interments.
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information visit our eligibility web page.
Directions from Detroit Metropolitan airport: From the Airport, merge onto I-94 E toward Detroit (77 miles). Take the exit on the LEFT toward M-25/Pine Grove Ave/Lexington; turn left onto Pine Grove Ave/MI-25; turn right onto Holland Ave; turn right onto 10th Ave; Lakeside Cemetery is on the right.
Directions from Bishop International Airport (Flint, MI): Go East on W Bristol Rd toward Torrey Rd; take the I-75 N / US 23 N ramp toward Saginaw. Merge onto I-69 E toward Flint / Port Huron; Take the exit on the LEFT toward M-25/Pine Grove Ave/Lexington; turn left onto Pine Grove Ave/MI-25; turn right onto Holland Ave; turn right onto 10th Ave; Lakeside Cemetery is 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.
The private and community cemeteries that contain NCA soldiers' and government lots, and Confederate cemeteries, do not always have staffed offices on site. When administrative information for the larger cemetery is available, it is provided below.
This soldiers' lot is overseen by the Great Lakes National Cemetery.
Please contact the national cemetery for more information.
Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron Soldier's Lot has the following regulations from their handbook:
Section 12 - Decoration of graves in Veterans' Memorial Plots
The following shall be observed with regard to the decoration of cemetery lots in the Veteran's Memorial Plots:
(a) Plantings, urns, vases, hanging baskets and other obstructions are prohibited.
(b) Cut flowers will be permitted on Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, July 4th, or any other legally designated holiday. This flora may remain in the cemetery at the discretion of the Cemetery Superintendent for a period not to exceed ten (10) days.
(c) All flag stands and holders in the Veterans' Memorial Plots shall be placed close to the grave markers. All flags shall be removed 72 hours following Memorial Day.
The rules for the Veterans' Memorial Plots are subject to the same stipulations and can be superseded by the Veterans Administration Cemeteries policies.
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.
Lakeside Cemetery was established in 1877 when the city of Port Huron, Michigan, purchased 148 acres from local resident John Hoffman. At one point the cemetery comprised 176 acres, but over time it was reduced to the current size of 96.5 acres.
The Lakeside Cemetery Soldiers' Lot encompasses lots 144 - 159. The 0.174-acre parcel was donated to the United States in 1881, when 135 remains from Old Fort Gratiot were re-interred at the cemetery. There were two installations known as Fort Gratiot; the first dated from 1814-1821, the second from 1828-1879. Both were located on the same site, on the west bank of the St. Clair River, approximately two miles south of Lakeside Cemetery. Of the 135 interments in the soldiers' lot, only 35 are known.
Monuments and Memorials
On July 7, 1884, the federal government dedicated a monument at the Lakeside Cemetery Soldiers' Lot to honor the unknown soldiers from Fort Gratiot who fell victims to the cholera epidemic, July 4, to 18, 1832. Built by Philo Truesdell of the Port Huron Marble and Granite Works, the shaft is constructed of Concord granite. A marble statue of a Union soldier attired in "those articles used in the [Civil] war" stands on top of the column. The monument is 24 feet in height, and cost $1,500 to complete.