National Cemetery Administration
Miramar National Cemetery to host its first Community Open House on May 20, 2017
May 11, 2017
SAN DIEGO, CA – Miramar National Cemetery is hosting its first open house for Veterans, families and the general public on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Miramar National Cemetery is the newest VA cemetery in the western region and cemetery officials are working with U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) and Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation to increase awareness about the cemetery and the burial options that are available to Veterans and their eligible family members.
"San Diego is home to 225,299 Veterans and about 7,000 servicemembers transitioning out each year decide to stay. With Ft. Rosecrans at capacity, we needed, and are fortunate to have this beautiful new VA cemetery; it is a tribute to their service and sacrifice," said Rep. Peters. "I wanted to hold this open house to raise the profile of this new national cemetery and give our Veteran families a chance to learn more about it and the options available to them. I thank the VA and the Miramar National Cemetery for hosting this event," he said.
Rep. Peters, cemetery staff and volunteers will be available to provide information and answer questions regarding VA burial benefits for Veterans and their family members, burial options available at Miramar, pre-need eligibility determinations and military funeral honors. Visitors can also take a riding tour of the cemetery. The event is free and open to the public – no registration is required.
Miramar National Cemetery is located about 15 miles north of downtown San Diego at the northwest corner of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The main entrance to the cemetery is on Nobel Drive between Miramar Road and Interstate 805.
Officially dedicated in Jan. 2010, Miramar National Cemetery includes both gravesite and columbarium facilities, providing a full range of burial alternatives to the approximately 235,000 Veterans in San Diego County. Nearby Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery closed to first interments in 1966, though it continues to provide subsequent interments of family members of those currently interred there.
Burial in a VA national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, as applicable, and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty under certain circumstances are also eligible for burial, as are servicemembers and former servicemembers who were eligible for retired pay at the time of their death.
A Veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor 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.
VA provides the gravesite, grave liner, opening and closing of the grave, government headstone or marker, U.S. burial flag, Presidential Memorial Certificate and perpetual care of the gravesite at no cost to the family.
VA operates 135 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA's national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand, improve, and maintain 105 Veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. For Veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. Information on VA burial benefits is available from local VA national cemetery offices, online at www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000. To make burial arrangements at any open VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.