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This cemetery is currently operational but only has options for in-ground burial space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains until the spring of 2018. In the spring of 2018, additional options will become available for cremation placement and will include an ossuary and a columbarium.
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.
From Eppley Airfield head south toward Pratt Ct. Turn right on Pratt Ct. Turn right on Abbott Drive. Keep right to stay on Abbott Dr. Continue onto John J Pershing Dr. Turn left onto Dick Collins Rd. Dick Collins Rod turns right and becomes McKinley Street. Turn right on N 31st Street. Turn left to merge onto I-680W. Take exit 446 to merge onto I-80 West toward Lincoln. Take exit 440 for NE-50/144th Street. Turn left and go south 2.1 miles to Schram Road and turn left/east. The main entrance to the cemetery is 1/8 of a mile on the left from 144th Street/Hwy 50.
From Lincoln take Interstate 80 east to Exit 439 (Hwy 370). Turn right/east on Hwy 370 to the next exit 144th Street/AKA Hwy 50 and turn right/south. Continue 2.1 miles to Schram Road and turn left/east. The main entrance to the cemetery is 1/8 of a mile on the left from 144th Street/Hwy 50. If you get to the gravel road you've missed the entrance/main gate to the cemetery.
If traveling from Iowa take Interstate 80 west to S 144th Street/AKA Hwy 50 and turn south. Continue 2.1 miles to Schram Road and turn left/east. The main entrance to the cemetery is 1/8 of a mile on the left from 144th Street/Hwy 50. If you get to the gravel road you've missed the entrance/main gate to the cemetery.
The new 236-acre cemetery in Sarpy County, Nebraska will serve the burial needs of more than 112,000 Veterans in the cemetery’s service area for the next 100 years. This cemetery is the second Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemetery in the State of Nebraska.
For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.
Cemetery floral policies will be posted on the floral storage receptacles located throughout the cemetery. We welcome fresh-cut flowers throughout the year and provide flower containers for gravesite displays as a courtesy. Once the flowers become unsightly, they are removed. They also may be removed for routine mowing or other maintenance.
Limited floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial can be placed on the completed grave.
Artificial flowers and potted plants will be allowed on graves for a period extending 10 days before through 10 days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day.
Seasonal Holiday Adornments such as Christmas wreaths, potted poinsettias and other seasonal items may be placed on graves from Dec. 1 through Jan. 20.
To maintain the dignity of the cemetery, permanent plantings, statues, balloons, pinwheels, vigil lights, breakable objects and similar items are not permitted on the graves. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments that are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery, or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel. For example, items incorporating wires may become entangled in mowers or other equipment and cause injury.
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.
Born in 1925, Jean Annette Briggs grew up in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk County, England. One of three girls, she was a talented artist who attended school in Cambridge. In 1943, at 18, she joined the Royal Navy and her family believed she drove a bus during World War II. Briggs actually operated a BOMBE machine, used to decode German military messages, and worked for master codebreaker Alan Turing. The secret ULTRA project cracked Germany's ENIGMA code. Briggs married U.S. Army Air Corps pilot John Watters (1917-2018) after the war. He flew B-17s, and later the U.S. Air Force colonel served in Korea and Vietnam. The couple raised six children in Bellevue, Nebraska. Jean Briggs Watters died September 15, 2018, and was buried with British military honors. She is interred with her husband in Omaha National Cemetery (Section 3, Site 253).
We are developing educational content for this national cemetery, and will post new materials as they become available. Visit the Veterans Legacy Program and NCA History Program for additional
information. Thank you for your interest.