National Cemetery Administration
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please contact the office for holiday closings.
Visitation Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains.
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.
Cemetery is located in the southwest corner of Dallas, Texas, midway between Interstate 20 and Interstate 30 just off Spur 408. From Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport take the airport road to Highway 183 (west) to Highway 360 (south) until and proceed (south) to Interstate 20. Travel (east) on Interstate 20 to Mountain Creek Parkway exit. Proceed (north) on Mountain Creek Parkway approximately four miles to the cemetery. If Mountain Creek Parkway is closed at the Interstate 20 exit, please continue taking Interstate-20 (east) to Spur 408. Take 408 (north) to Kiest exit (west). Take Kiest (west) to stop light at Mountain Creek Parkway and turn right (north); cemetery is one mile to your 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 Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery was dedicated and opened for burials on May 12, 2000. The cemetery is situated on a 638.5-acre parcel of land that overlooks picturesque Mountain Creek Lake. The gently rolling hills provide a pastoral setting for visitors as they proceed along the central boulevard to the small lake adjacent to the assembly area and committal shelters.
There are instances when you should contact the National Cemetery directly such as:
- Scheduling an Active Duty interment
- Cancelling or rescheduling an interment
- Changing information originally supplied to the scheduling center
- Request for disinterment and/or relocation to another national cemetery
Special events: Memorial Day Ceremony (May), Veterans Day Ceremony (November) and Wreaths Across America (December). Please contact the office for dates.
Burial space: Cremated remains may be placed in ground with a flat marker or in the above ground columbarium wall. The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery recently completed the Phase II expansion project of an additional 53 developed acres; providing an additional 20,500 casketed burial sites and 4,000 columbarium niches.
General Information Kiosk: There are two locations. The Public Information Center Kiosk is available during visitation hours and the Administration Office Kiosk is available during business hours only. 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
Public Information Center: The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery has a Public Information Center (PIC) where visitors can obtain information from an automated Kiosk or from volunteers who staff the PIC Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4:00 p.m.
Funeral processions: All funeral processions meet with their family, clergy, and cemetery representative at the PIC and then proceed to the designated shelter.
Military Funeral Honors
The local military honor groups are comprised of a combination of active duty members and full-time reserve members who provide military honors to all Veterans buried at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. On occasion, members of veteran service organizations also participate in providing supplemental military honors by providing a three-person rifle detail or live bugler.
After confirming your service time with the National Scheduling Office or local cemetery please schedule military honors by contacting the following:
- Army: Ft. Hood Casualty Assistance, ph 254-287-7200, fax 254-288-5620. They require a Funeral Honors request form* along with the discharge information.
- Air Force: Dyess Honor Guard, ph. 325-696-1597, fax 325-696-5707
- Navy: NAS JRB Ft. Worth Honor Guard, ph. 904-542-1536 or 9807 or 3852, fax 904-542-3851 or 0422
- Marines: Quantico - National Military Funeral Honors Request Center, ph. 703-432-9524
- Coast Guard: ph. 504-628-5177, fax 504-253-4826.
*Note: This link will take you outside the Department of Veterans Affairs web site.
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 and two arrangements for casketed sites.
January – December: Fresh cut flowers may be placed on graves throughout the year. Faded and unsightly floral items are removed daily from graves. During the growing season, all floral items will be removed from graves weekly for mowing and trimming purposes. Temporary flower containers are available.
October – March: Artificial flowers are acceptable only during this time and will be removed when they become unsightly.
December 1 – January 20: Christmas wreaths and grave blankets are permitted only during this time and may not be larger than two feet by three feet.
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.
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.
Flowers may be placed directly on the ground or in a temporary flower container in front of the Columbarium.
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.
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.
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery is the sixth national cemetery in Texas and the 118th in the national cemetery system.
Currently, more than 1.5 million veterans live in the state of Texas and approximately 460,000 reside in the cemetery's service area. The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery has developed 152 acres of the 638-acre cemetery providing 41,102 casketed sites and 18,121 columbaria/garden niches for cremated remains. Fully developed, Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery will provide burial space for 280,000 eligible veterans and dependents.
Monuments and Memorials
Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery features a memorial walkway lined with a variety of memorials that honor America’s veterans, donated by various organizations. As of 2011, there were 54 memorials at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery — most commemorating events and troops of the 20th century wars.
Medal of Honor Recipients
Sgt. Candelario Garcia Jr. (Vietnam War), US Army, Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. In Lai Khe, Republic of Vietnam, December 8, 1968. (Section 107, Grave 209).
Colonel (then First Lieutenant) James L. Stone, (Korean War), U.S. Army, Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Near Sokkogae, Korea, Nov. 21 and 22, 1951. (Section 76, Grave 1658L).
Cloyde Pinson, Sr., Founder of the Texas National Cemetery Foundation (Section 76, Grave 1702B).
Bobbie Joe Cavnar was the 22-year-old pilot of the big four-engine Douglas C-54 that rescued a stranded crew of the wrecked B-29 "Kee Bird" from the far northwest tip of Greenland in February 1947. Cavnar landed his transport plane on a small frozen glacial lake near the wreck. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions and personally congratulated by President Harry S. Truman. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1964. (Section 11, Grave 99).