National Cemetery Administration
Crown Hill Columbarium Annex
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day.
Visitation Hours: Open daily from dawn to dusk.
Crown Hill Columbarium Annex has space available for cremated remains.
Crown Hill National 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.
Crown Hill National Cemetery is located in the Northeast section of Indianapolis, Indiana, inside Crown Hill Cemetery. From Indianapolis Airport, take I-465 North to Exit 17 (38th Street). Turn right on 38th Street. The cemetery is located approximately 13 miles from the airport in the center of Indianapolis.
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.
Crown Hill National Cemetery is divided into two separate parcels of land.
Crown Hill Columbarium Annex is located at:
725 West 42nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Crown Hill Columbarium Annex is a new 15-acre Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) national cemetery. This cemetery will serve the needs of more than 250,000 Veterans and eligible family members within a 75-mile radius for the next 100 years. The columbarium will only accommodate above-ground burial of cremated remains; Veterans and eligible dependents desiring in-ground burial of casketed or cremated remains may opt for the nearest open VA national cemetery, which is Marion National Cemetery approximately 75 miles away. This cemetery is under the supervision of Dayton National Cemetery.
Crown Hill National Cemetery is located in the middle of the private Crown Hill cemetery at:
700 West 38th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
The historic national cemetery, opened in 1866, has been closed to new interments since 1959.
For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.
No object should be attached to a niche cover. All flowers, wreaths, decorations, etc. should be placed at the base of the columbarium beneath the niches.
Fresh cut flowers may be placed at the columbarium at any time. Temporary flower containers are permitted. No glass vases are permitted.
Artificial flowers may only be placed at the columbarium from October 10th through April 15th.
Plantings will not be permitted at the columbarium at any time. Potted plants will only be permitted 10 days before and 10 days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day.
Christmas decorations are permitted during the Christmas season commencing December 1st and will be removed after January 20th each year.
Floral items will be removed from the columbarium as soon as they become withered, faded or unsightly.
Permanent plantings, statues, battery or solar powered items, balloons, breakable objects and other commemorative items are not permitted at any time.
The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments that are considered offensive, inconsistent with dignity of the cemetery or that present a safety hazard.
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.
On July 1, 2022, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) opened a new 15-acre national cemetery at Crown Hill Columbarium Annex.
Crown Hill National Cemetery is located 2.8 miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis, Ind., within the private Crown Hill Cemetery. During the Civil War, Union soldiers who died while stationed at the various camps near Indianapolis and at local hospitals were originally buried at nearby Green Lawn Cemetery. However, concern over the limited acreage and poor maintenance of these facilities led the governor to request a national cemetery for the city. The Federal government purchased lots within the new Crown Hill Cemetery (established in 1863) and in 1866, the remains buried at Green Lawn were reinterred at Crown Hill in a ceremony attended by James A. Ekin, the deputy quartermaster general. Today, the private Crown Hill is notable as the third-largest non-government cemetery in America.
In addition to the Union soldiers, Confederate prisoners were buried at Crown Hill National Cemetery. During the Civil War there were typically more than 3,500 Confederates held prisoner at Camp Morton on the north side of Indianapolis. Originally, the principle mustering, recruiting, and encampment site for many Hoosier regiments. After the fall of Forts Donelson and Henry in early 1862, thousands of captured Confederates were sent north to POW camps such as Camp Morton (others included Camp Butler in Springfield, Ill.; Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio; and Camp Douglas in Chicago). About 15,000 prisoners occupied Camp Morton between 1862 and 1865. Typical of most prison facilities at that time, Camp Morton was unprepared for the large influx of prisoners. Medical care, food, and sanitary conditions were inadequate. Between 1862 and 1865, more than 1,700 Confederate deaths at Camp Morton resulted. Still, the death rates at Camp Morton were lower than most Northern prisons.
After it became the city's responsibility to find an acceptable burial ground for the Southern dead, a section of the Green Lawn cemetery was turned over to the government for burials. After the war, this land was sold to the railroad, and the remains removed to a mass grave in Section 32 of Crown Hill Cemetery. In 1989, two Indianapolis police officers initiated an effort to mark the graves of the Confederate POWs; other groups and individuals joined in, and in 1993 the new Confederate Memorial was dedicated. Crown Hill National Cemetery, including the national cemetery tract, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Monuments and Memorials
The Women's Relief Corps No. 44, auxiliary to Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post 369, Department of Indiana, erected a limestone monument here to the unknown dead. Carved by Indianapolis stonecutter James F. Needler with an eagle, draped flag, and cannon, its dedication was a special addition to the usual Memorial Day program in 1889.
More than half of VA's national cemeteries originated with the Civil War and many are closed to some burials. Other sites were established to serve World War veterans and they continue to expand. Historic themes related with NCA's cemeteries and soldiers' lots vary, but visitors should understand "Why is it here?" NCA began by installing interpretive signs, or waysides, at more than 100 properties to observe the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015). Please follow the links below to see the interpretive signs for Crown Hill National Cemetery.
Visit the Veterans Legacy Program and NCA History Program for additional information. Thank you for your interest.