New Mexico VA Health Care System
Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery
May 13, 2018
SANTA FE, NM – The annual Memorial Day ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery is scheduled for 10 a.m., on Monday, May 28th.
The Memorial Day ceremony includes patriotic music and speakers. The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Brad Phillips, Executive Director, Pacific District, National Cemetery Administration. The cemetery is expecting a large crowd for the event and staff will assist with traffic control. Attendees are permitted to bring in lawn chairs and blankets to sit on the grassy areas surrounding the rostrum. No alcoholic beverages of any kind are permitted.
About Santa Fe National Cemetery
The Santa Fe National Cemetery inters over 1,800 Veterans and their family members annually. It is the fifty-first-largest cemetery managed by the National Cemetery Administration, and is the twenty-sixth busiest based on the number of interments. It was established in 1875, re-designated as a post cemetery in 1876 and reestablished as a national cemetery for a second time in 1892, Santa Fe National Cemetery serves an estimated 86,188 Veterans in New Mexico.
About National Cemetery Administration
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, 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.