National Cemetery Administration
Tallahassee National Cemetery
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains.
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.
From the Tallahassee Regional Airport, head east on Terminal Loop Road for .2 miles. Keep right and continue 300 feet toward Capital Circle SW. Turn right onto Capital Circle SW and continue for 10.4 miles. Turn right onto FL-20 E/US-27 S/Apalachee Parkway. Tallahassee National Cemetery is located a little over 2 miles on the 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.
Tallahassee National Cemetery was dedicated May 22, 2015. The first burial took place on October 16, 2015.
The cemetery will serve over 83,000 Veterans in Tallahassee and the surrounding area.
Situated on 250 acres, the cemetery will accommodate casketed and cremated remains.
Construction on the cemetery began October 2014. The initial phase of construction is expected to provide burial options for 10 years.
For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.
Fresh cut flowers are permitted on graves year round. Flowers may be removed to facilitate cemetery operations such as lawn mowing & grounds maintenance. Flowers delivered by a florist must have all wrapping paper removed and no other packing materials may be left at the gravesite. Persons who placed floral items on graves may recover those items from the cemetery office.
Artificial flowers may be placed on graves throughout the year but may be removed as soon as they become faded and unsightly.
Plantings or potted plants will not be permitted on graves at any time.
Christmas wreaths or grave blankets are permitted on graves during the Christmas season from Dec. 1 until Jan. 20 of each year. Cemetery trees, shrubs and /or other plants may not be decorated with ornaments of any kind.
To preserve the dignity of the cemetery, items placed on graves must be floral in nature. Commemorative items, balloons, pinwheels, glass items, votive or vigil lights, candles, statues, shepherd’s hooks, and stuffed animals are not permitted.
Items not permitted on gravesites will be removed from graves to be held in a centralized area on cemetery grounds and will be held for one month prior to disposal. The cemetery staff will assist families in retrieval of the tributes when requested.
Floral items & and other types of decorations or objects may not be attached to headstones, markers or niches.
The Cemetery Director reserves the right to remove & destroy without notice , anything left on graves that violates the intent of these regulations, offends the sensibilities of the public or the dignity of this cemetery, is an eyesore, or threat to the safety of the public or cemetery personnel.
Plastic or metal vases are only permitted on graves. Cemetery supplied vases are Federal property and are not allowed to be removed from the cemetery. Plastic vases are located in receptacles throughout the cemetery and should be returned to the receptacles when no longer needed.
Headstones are Federal property. Altering or marking by paint, marker, lipstick or any other means is considered vandalism and may be subject to penalty as defined in Title 38 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Sec. 1.218 Security and law enforcement at VA facilities.
Tallahassee National Cemetery assumes no responsibility for items left on gravesites. Due to the open nature of the grounds we cannot guarantee against theft, vandalism or the effects of nature. Anyone caught removing items from gravesites not their own will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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.
Tallahassee National Cemetery is located in Leon County, with frontage along U.S. Highway 27 (Apalachee Parkway) near March Road and east of Tallahassee in Florida.
VA purchased the 250-acre parcel of land August 2012 for $6.8 million.
Tallahassee National Cemetery is a result of the 2008 "Evaluation of the VA Burial Benefits Program". The independent study provided VA leadership the opportunity to review existing policies for establishing new national cemeteries, and to continue to increase access to areas where significant numbers of unserved Veterans reside.
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.