Qualifications for Burial

Memorial Day Service
A Memorial Day service

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Cemetery view
Viking Mountain from the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery

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The 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 veteran.

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.

The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site estimates that due to the exhaustion of available burial plots, the cemetery will transition to inactive status for new burials by 2019. Until that time, burials for veterans and their spouses and minor dependents will continue to be scheduled at the time of death. Afterwards, the only new burials will be for those with a plot formerly assigned at the time of a predeceased spouse or dependent interment. For future planning, be aware that the next closest National Cemetery is Mountain Home in Johnson City, Tennessee, approximately 30 miles from the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery.

For more information call Park Headquarters at 423.639.3711
Floral arrangement
Floral arrangement in the National Cemetery

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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:


  • Fresh-cut flowers anytime
  • Metal temporary containers anytime
  • Artificial flowers and potted plants from November 1 through April 1
  • Christmas wreaths and floral blankets from December 15 through January 15
  • Flags, when place by the National Park Service for ceremonies within the cemetery
Not Allowed

  • Artificial flowers and potted plants from April 2 though October 31
  • Any floral items attached to headstones
  • Permanent in-ground containers
  • Breakable objects, plantings, statues, vigil lights, United States flags, or any decorations that are not floral
Floral pieces will be removed from the cemetery on the 1st and 15th of each month, or if they become unsightly. Park staff will hold removed artificial flowers and other commemorative or religious items that are placed on graves in violation of the conditions above for one month prior to disposal. These items will be held in the park maintenance area, to the right of the main gate.

Wreaths on Headstones

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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.

To recognize Memorial Day, Boy Scouts place a flag on every veteran grave and the Cemetery gates are open extended hours..

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."

Last updated: November 8, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
121 Monument Ave.

Greeneville, TN 37743


(423) 638-3551

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