National cemeteries in the United States include Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia; Jefferson City National Cemetery in Jefferson City, Missouri; and Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. The National Cemetery Administration of the Department of Veteran Affairs oversees and maintains many of the nation's national cemeteries.Continue Reading
The Department of the Army maintains Arlington National Cemetery, which is perhaps the nation's most famous national cemetery. It is within close proximity to Washington, D.C., and the Potomac River. In addition to carrying out funerals on a regular basis, the cemetery is open at certain times for public visits. An interpretive bus tour is available through Arlington National Cemetery Tours, Inc. Notable sites on the property include the grave sites of President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Army General John J. Pershing, as well as the Tomb to an Unknown Soldier.
Jefferson City National Cemetery started as a cemetery for regional soldiers during the Civil War, with the oldest plots going back to 1861. The National Register of Historic Places included the land in 1998. Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery became a national cemetery in the 1930s and became a burial spot for military members formerly buried in Fort Ringgold, Fort Clark, Fort McIntosh and other closed outposts.Learn more about Geography