Roseburg National Cemetery
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Front gate at Roseburg National Cemetery.
Visitation Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day.
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.
» Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery
Directions to the Roseburg National Cemetery Annex located at 913 NW Garden Valley Blvd. are as follows: Heading North on I-5, take exit 124. Left at stoplight on Harvard. Right on Stewart Park Dr. Cross the bridge. Cemetery is on right.
Directions to the historic Roseburg National Cemetery located at 1770 Harvard Blvd. are as follows: Heading North on I-5, take exit 124. Left at stoplight on Harvard. Cemetery will be on your 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.
The Eagle Point National Cemetery staff manages this cemetery. Please contact them at the number listed above.
The Roseburg National Cemetery Annex, including the new administrative office, is located at 913 NW Garden Valley Blvd. The Annex has space available to accommodate full casket interments and in-ground cremated interments. A scatter garden is also available. There is also a columbarium wall for urn placements at the Annex.
The historic section of Roseburg National Cemetery is located at 1770 Harvard Blvd. This location only has space available to accommodate subsequent interments.
Military Funeral Honors
The VFW District 12 Honor Guard, USMC Reserve unit in Springfield, Oregon State National Guard, McChord AFB and the Naval Reserve Unit can provide military honors. Please contact the cemetery staff to arrange honors.
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 December 1 through January 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.
Roseburg National Cemetery is located in Douglas County, OR, approximately one-half mile from the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Roseburg.
Roseburg National Cemetery was established in 1897 to serve veterans residing at the Oregon State Soldiers' home. The Oregon Soldiers' Home itself opened in 1893 to "provide a home for honorably discharged soldiers, sailors and marines who had served in any wars in which the United States was engaged, or who served in the Indian Wars of Oregon, Washington or Idaho, provided they were or might become citizens of Oregon."
In 1933, the home was turned over to the National Soldiers' Home Bureau and its administration transferred to the new Veterans Administration; the cemetery attached to the grounds was included in the move. In September 1973, the cemetery was transferred to the National Cemetery System within VA.
Monuments and Memorials
POW Memorial donated by Veterans of 20th Century.
Major Joseph Raymond Giesel, who was white, was among the first officers to train African-American marines. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012 for his role at Montford Point, the segregated North Carolina facility where an estimated 20,000 black men trained from 1942–1949. The Marine Corps was white-only until 1942, when President Roosevelt directed that black soldiers be trained at Montford Point. Giesel served 21 years in the marines, in the Pacific Theater during World War II and in Korea in 1953. He died June 20, 2014, and is buried at Roseburg National Cemetery (Section 6, Site 131).
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.