Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
Headstones decorated for Memorial Day at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
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 sunrise to sunset.
This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and in-ground burial of cremated remains. Cremated remains may be placed in the above ground columbarium wall.
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
When using any Computer Map Program (ex: Map Quest) use Zip Code 44273.
From the North: Cleveland / Cleveland Hopkins Airport – Take Interstate 71 South to Interstate 76 East (exit 209). Take Interstate 76 East to Exit 2 (Route 3/Seville). Turn right onto Route 3. Go to the first traffic light, Greenwich Road. Turn Left onto Greenwich Road. Travel three miles to Rawiga Road. Turn Right onto Rawiga Road. Cemetery is 1¼ mile down on the left.
From the West: Lodi – Take Interstate 76 East to Exit 2 (Route 3/Seville). Turn right onto Route 3. Go to the first traffic light, Greenwich Road. Turn left onto Greenwich Road. Travel three miles to Rawiga Road. Turn right onto Rawiga Road. Cemetery is 1¼ mile down on the left.
From the South: Columbus – Take Interstate 71 North to Interstate 76 East (exit 209). Take Interstate 76 East to Exit 2 (Route 3/Seville). Turn right onto Route 3. Go to the first traffic light, Greenwich Road. Turn left onto Greenwich Road. Travel three miles to Rawiga Road. Turn right onto Rawiga Road. Cemetery is 1¼ mile down on the left
From the Southeast – Canton or from Akron/Canton Airport: Take Interstate 77 North to State Route 224. Go West on Route 224; will merge with Interstate 76. Then follow Akron Directions
From East: Akron – Take Interstate 76/Route 224 West to Exit 7 (Route 57/Rittman). Turn left onto Route 57. Go to the first traffic light, Seville Road. Turn right onto Seville Road. Travel three miles to Rawiga Road. Turn left onto Rawiga Road. Cemetery is ¼ mile down on the left.
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 Public Information Center at the cemetery is staffed with volunteers Monday through Friday. If you would like to volunteer please call the cemetery office.
Military Funeral Honors
Various Veterans Service Organizations provide military funeral honors.
For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.
Up to two floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the grave and removed when they become unsightly. Natural, fresh-cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time of the year and will be removed when they become unsightly or when necessary to facilitate cemetery operations such as mowing.
Plastic floral cones are available for use within the cemetery and are located in containers throughout the cemetery. One small American flag may be placed on the grave, will be removed only when it is damaged, faded, or tattered, and will be disposed of properly. No object shall be attached to a grave marker or niche cover, protrude above the top of an upright headstone or encroach on an adjacent grave.
Artificial flowers may be placed on graves November 1 through April 15 only, during non-mowing season when they do not present a safety hazard. Potted plants may be placed on graves 10 days before to 10 days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day only. Christmas wreaths and grave blankets may be placed on graves December 1 through January 20 only. Permanent plantings, statues, battery or solar-powered items, balloons, breakable objects and other commemorative items are not permitted on graves at any time.
The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments that are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery or that present a safety hazard. On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month cemetery personnel will inspect each grave for unsightly 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 governed by 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.
Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery is the second national cemetery built in Ohio and the 119th in the national cemetery system.
Currently, there are more than one million veterans living in the State of Ohio and approximately 540,000 residing in the cemetery’s service area. The first two phases of construction, covering 65 acres of 273-acre cemetery, included 21,000 gravesites, 10,100 columbaria niches and 3,800 in-ground garden niches for cremated remains. At full capacity, Ohio Western Reserve can provide burial space for 106,000 eligible veterans and dependents, beyond the year 2050.
Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery lies approximately 45 miles south of Cleveland in Medina County near the town of Seville. The cemetery’s name refers to the part of the Northwest Territory formerly known as the Connecticut Western Reserve, a tract of land in Northeast Ohio reserved by the State of Connecticut when it ceded its claims for western lands to the U.S. government in 1786.
Monuments and Memorials
Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery features a pathway that is lined with memorials that honor America’s veterans, which have been donated by various organizations. As of 2017, there were 139 memorials, most commemorating events and troops of 20th century war.
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.