Benicia Arsenal Post Cemetery
Benicia Arsenal Post Cemetery
Office Hours at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery:
Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day (Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Veterans Day (Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
The cemetery is open to the public on Wednesdays and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed to new interments.
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.
» Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery
Benicia Arsenal Post Cemetery is located in Benicia, California. The closest major airport is Oakland International Airport (OAK). This airport has international and domestic flights from Oakland, California and is 39 miles from the cemetery.
From Oakland International Airport:
Take I-880 N from 98th Ave. Take CA-24 E and I-680 N to E 5th St in Benicia. Take exit 6 from I-780 W. Follow E 5th St, Military E and Hospital Rd to Birch Rd.
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.
For information on scheduled burials in our national cemeteries, please go to the Daily Burial Schedule.
The office for the cemetery is located off-site. Sacramento National Cemetery oversees this cemetery, please call 707-693-2460.
Please note there are no restroom facilities at the cemetery.
For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.
Natural, fresh-cut flowers are welcomed on graves any time. We remove flowers when they become unsightly or to facilitate mowing.
One small American flag may be placed on the grave. We remove it when it becomes damaged, faded, or tattered, and dispose of it properly. No object shall be attached to a marker or niche cover, protrude above the top of an upright headstone or encroach on an adjacent grave.
Artificial flowers may only be placed on graves from five (5) days before through five (5) days after, Easter Sunday and Memorial Day. Potted plants may only be placed on graves five (5) days before through five (5) days after, Easter Sunday and Memorial Day. Christmas wreaths and grave blankets only may be placed on graves from December 15th through January 5th.
The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments that are offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery, or may pose a safety hazard. Permanent plantings, statues, battery or solar-powered items, balloons, breakable items, and commemorative items are not allowed at any time.
Cemetery personnel will routinely inspect for unsightly, unsafe, or unauthorized items. Durable items removed from graves will be held for one month. These items remain property of the donor but are under custodianship of the cemetery. If not claimed within 30 days, they are then governed by the rules for disposal of federal property.
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.
Nestled in beautiful Solano County California lies the historic Benicia Army Cemetery. The Benicia Army Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in the Pacific States. It was the post cemetery for the Benicia Barracks, which from 1849 to 1857 served as the Headquarters for the U.S. Army's Pacific Division. The cemetery contains 212 interments dating from 1849 to 1958. These interments include U.S. military personnel, civilians, unknowns, foreign personnel (German and Italian POW's) and three military service dogs. The cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Benicia Arsenal-Benicia Barracks Historic District.
We are developing content for this section.
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.