National cemeteries are the final resting place for people who served in the United States Armed Forces. They are dignified landscapes with a tranquil, protected atmosphere.
Faced with mounting casualties during the nation’s Civil War, Congress passed legislation in 1867 that authorized the creation of national cemeteries. Today, the National Park Service manages 14 national cemeteries, including some of the oldest national cemeteries in the nation. They are cared for as historic designed landscapes and as places of commemoration and respect for the fallen and their families. All are welcome to experience these hallowed grounds.