This 479-acre national cemetery is in the Birmingham area and will serve veterans' needs for at least the next 50 years. The cemetery is located at 3133 Highway 119, 15 miles south of Birmingham, just north of the town of Montevallo and west of Interstate Highway 65.
In July 2007, the Department of Veterans Affairs purchased the site for approximately $8 million and awarded a contract in September 2007 to Civil Consultants, Inc. to design the new cemetery.
The cemetery currently has 54 developed acres and includes all facilities necessary to provide dignified and honorable burials. Burial options include in-ground casketed burials, above-ground columbarium niches for cremains and in-ground burial for cremains. Cemetery facilities include a public information center complex with an electronic gravesite locator, water fountains and public restrooms. Alabama National Cemetery also provides a maintenance facility, a cemetery entrance area, a flag assembly area, a memorial walkway and two committal shelters.
There are instances when you should contact the National Cemetery directly such as:
• Scheduling an Active Duty interment
• Cancelling or rescheduling an interment
• Changing information originally supplied to the scheduling center
• Request for disinterment and/or relocation to another national cemetery
Special events: Memorial Day Ceremony (May) and Wreaths Across America (December). Please contact the office for dates.
Burial space: Cremated remains may be placed in ground with the same marble marker as the in ground casketed burials. Cremains may also be placed in the above ground columbarium wall with an engraved niche cover. The Alabama National Cemetery recently completed an expansion project adding 20 developed acres that provide an additional 5,000 casketed burial sites and 1,500 in ground burial sites for cremains.
Funeral processions: All funeral processions meet with their family, clergy, and cemetery representative at the Public Information Center just inside the main entrance to the cemetery. A cemetery representative will meet the procession and lead them to the designated shelter.
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.