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General Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

A columbarium is also available for cremated remains.

The cemetery staff maintains a list of Veterans Service Organization units that may be contacted by the Funeral Home or Next of Kin to arrange a military honor group in addition to or in lieu of the Department of Defense Military Funeral Honors.

There are more than 323,000 veterans living in western Pennsylvania; the 292-acre national cemetery will serve the veterans and their families well into the next century. The cemetery is located approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Pittsburgh.

The firm of Marshall-Tyler-Raush of Pittsburgh completed the master plan design and construction documents. Phase I construction was completed in July 2008 and the staff moved into their new facilities in August 2008.

Yearly events include a Memorial Day Ceremony held the Sunday before Memorial Day at 11:00 a.m. and a Veterans Day Ceremony held on Veterans Day at 11:00 a.m.

There is a Wreaths Across America Ceremony held each year in December. For more information about the Wreaths Across America program, date/time of the ceremony and to make donations you may go to their web site located at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Please note that the cemetery does not coordinate donations for the wreaths.

There is a gravesite locator (Kiosk) in the Public Information Building for those who may not know the location of a gravesite.

The cemetery has a Volunteer Program. If you are interested in volunteering in our Public Information Center or Administration Building, please contact the office for more information.

For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Prior to the development of the National Cemetery, the site was continually farmed since the 1800s, and the region was the flash point of the historic Whisky Rebellion of 1794.

Burials at the National Cemetery began in August 2005 with the formal dedication taking place on October 9, 2005.

Monuments and Memorials

The cemetery has a memorial section in instances where there are no remains. Please contact the cemetery for further information and procedures to request a memorial headstone.

The cemetery features a Memorial Pathway that is lined with a variety of memorials that honor America's Veterans.

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