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National Cemetery Administration


VA invites Veterans, public to attend Memorial Day ceremonies at 130+ VA national cemeteries

May 17, 2023

WASHINGTON — Today, VA announced that it will host Memorial Day ceremonies at more than 130 national cemeteries to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation.

VA's National Cemetery Administration invites Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors — as well as members of the public — to attend these solemn wreath-laying ceremonies, which will take place throughout Memorial Day weekend. A complete list of Memorial Day events can be found here.

"On Memorial Day, we honor the service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation — and we pay our respects to the families and loved ones who mourn them and miss them dearly," said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. "This Memorial Day weekend, we encourage all Americans to join us in remembering these fallen heroes at VA national cemeteries, where so many of them rest."

All VA national cemeteries will be open Memorial Day weekend from dawn to dusk.

NCA maintains 155 national cemeteries and 34 soldiers' lots and monument sites in 44 states and Puerto Rico. VA's Veterans Cemetery Grant Program also funds 121 state, territorial and tribal cemeteries, many of which are also holding Memorial Day ceremonies.

Many locations will host volunteers who will place small American flags in front of Veteran headstones in the days leading up to Memorial Day. Volunteers are also encouraged to participate in the removal and storage of flags in the days following Memorial Day. Cemeteries with full staffs typically conduct wreath-laying ceremonies accompanied by patriotic speeches, music, a moment of silence and the playing of Taps. Additionally, 38 VA national cemeteries are featured stops along the 20,000-mile relay march hosted by Carry The Load across the country honoring fallen service members and first responders during the month leading up to Memorial Day.

VA encourages all Americans to honor a fallen service member by leaving a tribute on the Veterans Legacy Memorial site. It contains a memorial page for each of the more than 4.5 million Veterans and service members interred in VA national cemeteries, VA grant-funded state, territorial or tribal Veterans cemeteries, and certain National Park Service national cemeteries.

Live streaming, recorded video and photographs from many ceremonies will be shared on the NCA's Facebook and Twitter pages.