Qualifications for Burial
A BRIEF HISTORYThe Andrew Johnson National Cemetery resides on land purchased by our former president in 1852. A peaceful spot with remarkable views, it was Johnson's favorite place to think and relax. It became his final resting place in July 1875. Managed by the War Department from 1906 until 1942, the cemetery was then placed under the administration and care of the National Park Service. Since 1909, qualified veterans of the United States Armed Forces have joined Andrew Johnson in this historic National Cemetery. More than a century later, it's still a resting place for veterans.
Burial in the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery is open to all members of the Armed Forces and veterans having met minimum active service duty requirements and having been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A DD-214 is required. The veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children, are also eligible for burial. Eligible spouses 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 while performing training duty, or who have 20 years of service in reserve components of the Armed Forces creditable for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial.
Burials are scheduled at the time of death through the funeral home of the family's choice. For more information call Park Headquarters at 423.639.3711
The site estimates that the cemetery will close for new burials by the end 2017. Until that time, burials for veterans and their spouses and minor dependents will continue to be scheduled at the time of death. After that time, the only new burials will be for those with a spouse or dependent already interred. For future planning, be aware that the next closest National Cemetery is Mountain Home in Johnson City, Tennessee.
For more information call Park Headquarters at 423.639.3711
The National Park Service is privileged to care for this very special place and is well aware of the confidence and trust that our veterans' families place in us. Please help us preserve the dignity and beauty of the cemetery by observing the following floral regulations:
The site recognizes the dedication and sacrifices of the nation's veterans and active military in two annual programs, Memorial Day and Wreaths Across America.
The Memorial Day service is held on the traditional date of Memorial Day, May 30th, every year. In addition to a moving oration by a keynote speaker, Gold Star mothers are recognized, and the names of servicemen lost in conflicts from WWI to the present day are recognized with a 21-gun salute and Taps.
Wreaths Across America is held in December. A fir wreath with a red ribbon is placed on all the graves in the National Cemetery by veterans and Junior ROTC students. During an impressive program, seven ceremonial wreaths representing each branch of military service, with the last recognizing POWs and MIAs, are placed around the flagpole atop Monument Hill. They are carried bu veterans through a saber arch salute provided by the Junior ROTC cadets. A moment of silence is followed by a 21-gun salute, then Taps is played. The mission of the Wreaths program is to "Honor, Remember, and Teach."