To 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.
The new 526-acre national cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida will serve veterans' needs for more than 100 years. The cemetery is located north of the Jacksonville International Airport and approximately five miles from Interstate 295.
In August 2007, VA awarded a design contract to England, Thims & Miller of Jacksonville. The initial Phase 1A construction efforts, focusing on a 20-acre early burial area with temporary facilities, will be followed by the second construction stage of the project (Phase 1B).
When completed, the 52-acre Phase 1 development will provide 8,145 full casket gravesites, including 7,300 pre-placed crypts, 5,100 in-ground cremation sites and 4,992 columbarium niches. Phase 1 will include roadways, an entrance area, an administration and public information center, a maintenance complex, a flag assembly area, a memorial walkway, two committal service shelters, as well as interment areas.
Other infrastructure improvements will include grading, drainage, fencing, landscaping, irrigation system and utilities.
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Jack D. Hunter (Sec. 3 , Grave 226), was an author and artist, best known for his World War I aviation novel, The Blue Max, which was later turned into a film of the same name. He went on to write 16 more novels, many of them best-sellers. Mr. Hunter served in World War II first as an infantryman, but was later transferred to counter intelligence. After the war, he was sent to Germany where he played an instrumental role in "Operation Nursery," which resulted in the arrest of 2,000 Nazi seditionists.
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Cemetery policies are conspicuously posted and readily visible to the public. The cemetery does not provide flower containers. However, bins are located throughout the grounds with recycled temporary containers for your use.
Three floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the completed grave. Arrangements are removed from gravesites three days after the burial or when they become withered and unsightly. Natural cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time of the year. They will be removed when they become unsightly or when it becomes necessary to facilitate cemetery operations such as mowing.
Artificial flowers may be placed on graves only during the period of October 10 through April 15. In addition, potted plants will be allowed on graves for a period extending 10 days before and 10 days after Easter Sunday.
Christmas wreaths and grave blankets may be placed on graves from Dec. 1 through Jan. 20. They may not be secured to headstones or markers, and grave floral blankets cannot be larger than two to three feet. Do not attach any items to the headstone, marker or niche cover.
Permanent plantings, statues, balloons, vigil lights, breakable objects and similar items are not permitted on the graves. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments which are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel. For example, items incorporating beads or wires may become entangled in mowers or other equipment and cause injury.
The cemetery does not keep any unauthorized decorations once they have been removed from the grave.
The cemetery is not responsible for the loss or deterioration of potted plants, vases or flowers.
Permanent floral vases are not permitted.
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