The mission of VA's National Cemetery Administration of honoring Veterans with a final resting place that memorializes their service to our nation is profiled.
Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of our 135 national cemeteries, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost. Learn more about burial benefits with these videos.
Throughout our nation, more than four million Americans, mostly Veterans, are buried in national cemeteries operated by VA. These videos demonstrate the constant care and consideration we take within our cemeteries, including restoring monuments, constructing sculptures, and memorial affairs.
The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) traces its roots to the Civil War. In 1862, Congress enacted legislation that authorized the President to purchase "cemetery grounds" to be used as national cemeteries "for soldiers who shall have died in the service of the country." Today, there are over 4 million Veterans of every war and conflict buried in one of the 149 national cemeteries. Learn more about NCA’s honorable history.
Landscaping a cemetery requires very specific, very precise care and consideration of the elements, of flora and fauna, and even conserving water. VA's National Cemetery Administration is conserving resources and lowering maintenance costs through water-wise landscaping practices.
The Veterans Legacy Program offers a wealth of tools for educators and the public, with a focus on honoring the sacrifices of our nation's veterans.
Through this program, citizens of all ages can explore U.S. history, visit national cemeteries or experience them online, and get to know these historic places as engaging places for learning. Discover Riverside National Cemetery and Beaufort National Cemetery in these videos.
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