Richmond National Cemetery
Burial area at Richmond National Cemetery.
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Visitation Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Richmond 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. For more information visit our eligibility web page.
Cemetery is located on Highway 60 East at the corner of Government and Williamsburg Roads. It can be reached from Interstate 64, turn off at Nine Mile Road exit, then east to stop light at Masonic Lane to stop light at Williamsburg Road (about two miles), then right turn on Williamsburg Rd. and about half a mile to cemetery on left side of road. Richmond International Airport is located approximately five miles east of cemetery just off U.S. Route 60.
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.
Cemetery Contact Information
Phone: (757) 723-7104
Fax: (757) 723-0027
Military Funeral Honors
U.S. Air Force: (800) 325-4986
U.S. Army: (804) 734-6606
U.S. Marine Corps: (866) 826-3628
U.S. Navy: (866) 203-7791
U.S. Coast Guard: (757) 398-6390
For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.
Cemetery policies are conspicuously posted and readily visible to the public.
Floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the completed grave. Natural cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time of the year. They will be removed when they become unsightly or when it becomes necessary to facilitate cemetery operations such as mowing.
Artificial flowers and potted plants will be permitted on graves during periods when their presence will not interfere with grounds maintenance. As a general rule, artificial flowers and potted plants will be allowed on graves for a period extending 10 days before through 10 days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day.
Christmas wreaths, grave blankets and other seasonal adornments may be placed on graves from Dec. 1 through Jan. 20. They may not be secured to headstones or markers.
Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects and similar items are not permitted on the graves. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments that 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.
Permanent items removed from graves will be placed in an inconspicuous holding area for one month prior to disposal. Decorative items removed from graves remain the property of the donor but are under the custodianship of the cemetery. If not retrieved by the donor, 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.
Richmond National Cemetery is located in Henrico County, Va., about three miles east of the state capital. The cemetery lies just within the fortification lines constructed by the Confederate army during its defense of Richmond during the Civil War. Three of the cemetery’s 10 acres were purchased in July 1867 from William Slater; additional acreage was subsequently purchased in 1868 and 1906.
The first burials at Richmond National Cemetery were reinterments from Oakwood and Hollywood cemeteries in Richmond, the cemetery at Belle Island Confederate Prison, the battlefields of Cold Harbor and Seven Pines, and from locations in Chesterfield and Hanover counties, Va.
Richmond National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
Monuments and Memorials
This cemetery contains no monuments or memorials.
Joseph Anthony Baar (1947-1968) was born in Virginia and he graduated from Highland Springs High School, Richmond, before joining the U.S. Navy. Fireman Baar was one of 99 sailors onboard the nuclear submarine, USS Scorpion, when she disappeared in May 1968. The wreckage of the submarine was found off the coast of the Azores in October that year; the 12 officers and 87 crewmen perished. The cause of the disaster is not known. A memorial service for Baar was held in June 1968. In May 2018, the navy observed the fiftieth anniversary of the loss of the Scorpion with a ceremony attended by the descendants of the lost crew. Baar is memorialized in Richmond National Cemetery (Section 4A).