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National Cemetery Administration


Volunteer With the National Cemetery Administration

There are many ways to serve your country. Honor and remember the veterans who gave us so much. Here are some of the many ways to volunteer with the National Cemetery Administration:

Honor Veterans at Time of Burial

-Serve in Military Funeral Honors details
-Play live "Taps" at veterans' funerals

Staff the Public Information Centers

-Greet visitors
-Assist veterans and visitors with information about the cemetery
-Provide directions around the grounds
-Provide administrative support

Join the Support Committee

-Plan ceremonies for Memorial Day and Veterans Day
-Donate helpful items such as golf carts used to transport visitors who need assistance in reaching a gravesite
-Recruit volunteers for the cemetery
-Coordinate volunteer activities during special events
-Raise and lower cemetery flags on national holidays

Be a Part of History

-Research and document cemetery history
-Serve as guides who educate the public about the nation's history and veterans’ sacrifices
-Help identify and catalogue monuments in VA national cemeteries
-Provide walking tours to students and other visitors

Help Maintain and Beautify the Hallowed Grounds

-Prune and sculpt cemetery trees
-Mend cemetery flags and ensure they are in perfect condition for public display
-Sponsor a burial area or flower bed and maintain it all year long
-Resurface and repaint/stain cemetery benches used for reflection and rest

Opportunities are available for all volunteers, individual or group. To volunteer or give today, contact a VA National Cemetery near you. For more information about other volunteer opportunities available at the VA, visit the VA Voluntary Service. Volunteers are an invaluable resource for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Try out the Voluntary Service calculator to see what you're worth.

volunteers plant flowers at cemetery entrance
Vaca Valley Garden Club Members are Perennial Volunteers at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery