National Cemetery Administration
Fort McClellan Post Cemetery
Hours (visitation and office hours): Cemetery-Open daily from sunrise to sunset. No offices are available at the cemetery. Please contact Alabama National Cemetery (Alabama National Cemetery office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Fort McClellan Post Cemetery is closed to new interments. The only interments that are being accepted are subsequent interments for veterans or eligible family members in an existing gravesite. Periodically however, burial space may become available due to a canceled reservation or when a disinterment has been completed. When either of these two scenarios occurs, the gravesite is made available to another eligible veteran on a first-come, first-served basis. Since there is no way to know in advance when a gravesite may become available, please contact the cemetery at the time of need to inquire whether space is available.
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.
Directions from Nearest Airport - Anniston Regional Airport:
Head east on Anniston Airport Blvd toward Cliff Garrett Dr. Turn left onto Cliff Garrett Dr. Turn left onto AL-21 N. Use the right lane to take the ramp onto I-20 E. Take exit 188 toward US-78/Oxford/Anniston. Use any lane to turn left onto Leon Smith Pkwy. Continue onto Morgan Rd. Continue onto US-431/Golden Springs Rd. Continue to follow US-431. Continue on General Gerald Watson Way. Take Summerall Gate Rd to 10th St. Turn right onto General Gerald Watson Way. Turn right onto Summerall Gate Rd. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Baltzell Gate Rd. Turn right onto Federal Way. Turn right onto 10th St. The cemetery is on the right.
To get to the cemetery from Interstate 20 take the 188 exit ramp 188 ramp right for US-431 North toward Oxford / McClellan / Anniston. Turn left onto US 431 / Leon Smith Pkwy / Golden Springs Road. Turn right onto Iron Mountain Road. Turn right onto Summerall Gate Rd. Turn/Stay left until you reach Baltzell Gate Rd. Turn right on 10th St. Continue straight until you reach Goode Rd. Continue on Goode Rd. until you see the cemetery on your right.
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.
Military Funeral Honors:
Military honors must be requested and confirmed by the family or a funeral home representing the next of kin. Owing to the need to assemble a team and travel to the cemetery, all branches request, if possible, a 48-hour notice. Often the military provides a two-man team, with folding of the flag and rendering of Taps. Some branches offer expanded details and a firing team for retirees. All branches provide full honors for killed in action. Please contact the military honor office directly and they will explain the scope of the honors they will provide. Please contact the following branches directly:
Army – Call 334-255-9081. If possible, the Army requests a 48-hour notice. The Army will fax you a request form and request a copy of your discharge paperwork. Operation Hours: (Monday - Friday) 07:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed on Weekends & Federal Holidays).
Marines – Call 703-432-9524, Quantico National Military Funeral Honors Request Center.
Navy – Call 904-542-1536, 1539, or 9807. If possible, the Navy requests a 48-hour notice. The Navy will fax you a request form and request a copy of your discharge paperwork.
Air Force – Call 334-953-4545. If possible, the Air Force requests a 48-hour notice. The Air Force will fax you a request form and request a copy of your DD Form 214.
Coast Guard – Call 504-628-5177. If possible, the Coast Guard requests a 48-hour notice. The Coast Guard will fax you a request form and request a copy of your discharge paperwork.
For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.
Our cemetery floral regulations exist only to reflect the honor and respect we hold for our Nation's Veterans, by preserving the dignity and solemnity of their final resting place.
Floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed as follows, a maximum of three will be placed on the grave and the remainder will be placed at a central location.
The cemetery welcomes and encourages fresh-cut flowers throughout the year. Floral containers are located throughout the cemetery for public use and free of charge. Items left at grave side must be floral in nature and may not stand taller than the headstone.
Floral items and other decorations may not be secured to the headstone. Flowers will be removed when spent, for mowing and maintenance, or if damaged by weather or wildlife.
No permanent floral vases are permitted. Due to the open nature of the grounds, we cannot guarantee against theft, vandalism or the effects of nature.
Artificial flowers will be permitted during the period from October 1 through April 1.
Plantings will not be permitted on graves at any time. Potted plants will be permitted on graves during the period 10 days before and 10 days after Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Christmas.
Holiday wreaths or grave blankets are permitted on graves from December 15 through January 10 and will be removed not later than January 20 of each year. Grave floral blankets may not be larger than two by three feet.
Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects and similar items are not permitted on the graves. Hazardous materials, glass, metal, toys, candles, balloons and flags are not permitted.
The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments which are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel. For example, items incorporating beads or wires may become entangled in mowers or other equipment and cause injury. Unauthorized items will be removed immediately. The cemetery does not keep any unauthorized decorations once they have been removed from the grave.
In order to preserve the dignity and honor of our Veteran's final resting place, please observe the following rules of behavior while visiting the cemetery grounds:
- Pets are not allowed on the cemetery grounds at any time.
- No soliciting.
- Sports or recreational activities of any kind are prohibited.
- No picnicking.
- Public gatherings of a partisan nature are prohibited, no unauthorized gatherings are permitted. Committal shelters are for services only, no loitering.
- Littering is not allowed, please use one of the many receptacles provided.
- Smoking is not allowed on the grounds, in any building or the committal shelter. Please smoke only at the designated receptacles.
- No cutting, digging or otherwise damaging the landscape.
- Boisterous activity, including the playing of loud music, is prohibited.
Altering a headstone in any manner is prohibited. (i.e., marking, sitting on, placing objects upon, attaching photographs or keepsakes to, etc.)
These rules are covered by 38 CFR 1.218 and are subject to fines.
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.
The Fort McClellan Post Cemetery originally supported the once large and active Fort McClellan Army Post which unfortunately closed in 1999 due to the Base Realignment and Closure process. Despite this closure the cemetery continued to remain active and a regular stop for many visitors to the area. The cemetery, with its notable entryway arches and beautiful setting within the landscape, pays homage to the heroes who have been interred there. It has remained an active part of the community regularly visited by boy scout groups and Wreaths Across America. The cemetery transferred from the Army to the National Cemetery Administration in September 2020.
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.