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Memorial May Events - Wreath commemorating Memorial Day at a VA national cemetery.

Memorial May Events

Honor Veterans across the country in Memorial Day ceremonies at National Cemeteries and with Carry The Load (CTL) Relay marches.

» NCA Commemorations

» Memorial Day Ceremonies

» CTL Relays

» CTL Participating Cemeteries

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VLM New Features

Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) provides a digital and interactive memorial space for the nearly 4.5 million Veterans interred in NCA cemeteries. Add memento images, biographies, tributes with photos and more to your Veteran's profile.

» Find your Veteran

» How to use VLM

» Preserving Veterans Legacies

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Burial Benefits

Burial benefits available include gravesites, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, all at no cost to the family.

» Learn more

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Daily Burial Schedule

The online Daily Burial Schedule provides current burial scheduling information on the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) website.

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NCA History Blog

NCA historians blog about current events, cemeteries, preservation projects, headstones and monuments, Memorial Day, notable persons and much more.

Featured Post – March 23, 2022

The "Meigs Plan"
By Richard Hulver, Ph.D., Historian, NCA

National cemeteries originated out of necessity during the American Civil War. In the summer of 1862, as casualties mounted at an alarming rate, Congress empowered President Abraham Lincoln to purchase and enclose burial plots as national cemeteries to inter the growing number of Union dead. Continue reading this blog post.

» View the NCA History Blog

Elevation views and plans for the definitive superintendent lodges with signature of Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs, dated August 17, 1871. (NCA History Collection)Elevation views and plans for the definitive superintendent lodges with signature of Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs, dated August 17, 1871. (NCA History Collection)

Video: Placing Headstones on Unmarked Graves

Watch how researchers help preserve the legacy of Veterans buried in unmarked graves with VA-provided headstones and markers.

NCA Resources Guide

Looking for a cemetery?
Trying to locate a grave?
Questions about burial benefits?
What happens during a committal service?

» Explore the NCA Resources Guide

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COVID-19 Alert

All Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries remain open and continue to provide interment services for Veterans and eligible dependents.

VA national cemeteries have adapted operational procedures throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to prevent the spread of the virus based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

» Read more important COVID-19 cemetery requirements

VLM Featured Veteran

Orion P. Howe
US Army, CPL
Photo of Featured Veteran from the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM): Orion P. Howe, US Army, CPL Memorial Page

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