Due to the exhaustion of available space, the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery has transitioned to inactive status. At this time, the only new burials will be for those with a plot previously assigned upon the interment of a predeceased spouse or dependent. These burials should be scheduled at the time of death through the funeral home of the family's choice. 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.
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.
To recognize Memorial Day, 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 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: June 5, 2020