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National Cemetery Administration

Biloxi National Cemetery

Address:
400 Veterans Ave.
P.O. Box 4968
Biloxi, MS 39535-4968

Phone: (228) 388-6668
FAX: (228) 523-5784

Cemetery Map PDF

Kiosk: Yes

Committal shelter at Biloxi National Cemetery.
Committal shelter at Biloxi National Cemetery.

HOURS

Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please contact office for holiday closings.

Visitation Hours: Open daily from dawn until dusk.

BURIAL SPACE

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

DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST AIRPORT

Directions from Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport: Biloxi National Cemetery, take I-10 East to Exit 46 A (Biloxi /Keesler Air Force Base) onto I-110 South. Take Exit 1B (Gulfport-West). Go west on Highway 90, exactly three miles and stay in the right lane. Turn right on Veterans Avenue, go through one signal light and enter VA property. Take the first road on the right after coming in the main entrance and you will be at the Biloxi National Cemetery.

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

There are certain instances when you should contact Biloxi National Cemetery directly, such as:

  • Scheduling an Active Duty interment
  • Cancelling or rescheduling an interment
  • Changing information originally supplied to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office

Special Events: Memorial Day (May) and Wreaths Across America (December). Please contact the office for dates.

General Information Kiosk: Located outside the Administration/Public Information Building, it’s available during visitation hours. The Kiosk contains the names of veterans and their eligible dependents buried at the cemetery. The Kiosk will generate a printed map with the name of the decedent and their grave location.

Military Funeral Honors: The local military honor groups are comprised of a combination of active duty and full-time reserve members who provide military honors to all veterans buried at Biloxi National Cemetery. Funeral Directors or family members must call to schedule honors:

  • US Air Force (228) 377-1986
  • US Army (888) 474-0377
  • US Marines (866) 826-3628
  • US Navy (904) 542-9807
  • US Coast Guard (504) 628-5270

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FLORAL/GROUNDS POLICY

Cemetery policies are conspicuously posted and readily visible to the public.

Floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the completed grave. Please limit your gravesite arrangements to:

  • One arrangement for cremation sites
  • Two arrangements for casketed sites.

Fresh cut flowers may be placed on graves throughout the year. They will be removed as soon as they become unsightly.  Flowers may be placed directly on the ground or in a temporary flower container. Temporary flower containers are available and are located throughout the cemetery in large black containers labeled, “VASES.”

During the growing season, all floral items will be removed from graves weekly for mowing and trimming purposes.

November – February: Artificial flowers are acceptable only during this time and will be removed when they become unsightly.

December 1 – January 1: Christmas wreaths and grave blankets are permitted only during this time and may not be larger than 2 ft. by 3 ft.

Easter and Memorial Day: Potted plants will only be permitted on graves 10 days before through 10 days after Easter and Memorial Day.

Plantings are not permitted at any time.

Floral items and other types of decorations will not be secured or adhered to headstones, markers or niche covers at any time.

Statues, vigil lights, fencing or border, breakable objects of any nature, alcoholic beverages, items of high value (personal or monetary), any adornment considered offensive, photographs and similar commemorative items are not permitted on graves at any time.

All items become U.S. Government property and will be disposed of accordingly. Please be aware that the National Cemetery is not responsible for maintaining, replacing and/or safeguarding floral items placed on gravesites.

These regulations may be changed or updated without prior notification.
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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.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Biloxi National Cemetery is located in Harrison County, about five miles west of the center of Biloxi on the grounds of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and adjacent to the Keesler Field Air Force Base in Mississippi.

The cemetery was established in March 1934 as part of the VA Medical Center. Biloxi Cemetery’s first burial was held on March 24,1934, with the interment of Private Edgar A. Ross, 1st Regiment of the Tennessee Infantry.

From 1934 to 1973 the purpose of Biloxi Cemetery was to provide a final resting place solely for veterans who died in the adjoining medical center. The allocation of cemetery space in Biloxi remained restricted until the passage of the 1973 National Cemetery Act, which opened the cemetery to all honorably discharged veterans and their dependents, active duty personnel and their dependents regardless of home of residence or where death occurred. The first interment after the facility was designated Biloxi National Cemetery was Chief Master Sergeant Robert E. Callender, U.S. Air Force.

Since its establishment in 1934, Biloxi’s has increased in size twice as the result of land transfers from the VAMC. In 1982, 17 acres were added to the original 25 and, in 1996, 12 more were added for a total of 54 acres.

Monuments and Memorials
Biloxi National Cemetery Monument is approximately 30 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter; it was erected in May 1941 to commemorate all who have served their country.

A square granite marker located around the main flag pole was donated by the National Association of Atomic Veterans on Nov. 9, 1990, in memory of veterans who participated in the U.S. nuclear weapons testing program.

A square granite marker located around the main flag pole was donated by the US Navy Seabees on July 1, 2010, in memory of veterans who served as US Navy Seabees.

A memorial plaque with an original poem by First Lieutenant William S. Haynie, U.S. Marine Corps, titled "This Hollowed Place" was donated in conjunction with American Legion Post 119 in Gulfport, Miss.
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NOTABLE PERSONS

Medal of Honor Recipients
Colonel Ira C. Welborn (Spanish American War), 9th U.S. Infantry. Santiago, Cuba, July 2, 1898 (Section 12, Row 4, Grave 12).

Others
Six unknown soldiers who served in the Mexican-American War are buried in Section H, grave 4 and 5, and Section DD, graves 25, 26, 27 and 28. They were reinterred at Biloxi National Cemetery on Veterans Day 1989 and Memorial Day 2010, respectively. These soldiers died at Camp Jefferson Davis on Greenwood Island in 1848. The camp was established as a homecoming port for soldiers returning to the United States from the Mexican-American War. The burials became visible on the island as a result of beach erosion. Archaeological efforts in the late 1970s-1980s and again in 2008-2009 resulted in the identification of the men as U.S soldiers.