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Memorial May Events - I carry the load for Byers, Scott, Wolfer, Board, Leonard. You are not forgotten.

Memorial May Events

Join a Carry The Load relay to honor Veterans at national cemeteries across the country during the month of May.

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VLM New Features

Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) provides a digital and interactive memorial space for the nearly 4.5 million Veterans interred in NCA cemeteries. Add memento images, biographies, tributes with photos and more to your Veteran's profile.

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» Preserving Veterans Legacies

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Burial Benefits

Burial benefits available include gravesites, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, all at no cost to the family.

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Daily Burial Schedule

The online Daily Burial Schedule provides current burial scheduling information on the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) website.

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Video: Placing Headstones on Unmarked Graves

Watch how researchers help preserve the legacy of Veterans buried in unmarked graves with VA-provided headstones and markers.

COVID-19 Alert

All Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries remain open and continue to provide interment services for Veterans and eligible dependents.

VA national cemeteries have adapted operational procedures throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to prevent the spread of the virus based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

Effective immediately: Visitors should use the CDC's community-level guidance for the county in which a VA national cemetery is located to determine masking requirements for indoor spaces.

In accordance with this guidance, signage will be posted at the entrance of each building where the public has access when the COVID county level is deemed High, which will require visitors and employees to wear masks in the building regardless of vaccination status.

» Read more important COVID-19 cemetery requirements

NCA History Blog

NCA historians blog about current events, cemeteries, preservation projects, headstones and monuments, Memorial Day, notable persons and much more.

Featured Post – March 23, 2022

The "Meigs Plan"
By Richard Hulver, Ph.D., Historian, NCA

National cemeteries originated out of necessity during the American Civil War. In the summer of 1862, as casualties mounted at an alarming rate, Congress empowered President Abraham Lincoln to purchase and enclose burial plots as national cemeteries to inter the growing number of Union dead. Continue reading this blog post.

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Elevation views and plans for the definitive superintendent lodges with signature of Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs, dated August 17, 1871. (NCA History Collection)Elevation views and plans for the definitive superintendent lodges with signature of Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs, dated August 17, 1871. (NCA History Collection)

NCA Resources Guide

Looking for a cemetery?
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VLM Featured Veteran

Orion P. Howe
US Army, CPL
Photo of Featured Veteran from the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM): Orion P. Howe, US Army, CPL Memorial Page

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