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Cape Canaveral National Cemetery

Don Murphy, Cemetery Director
5525 Highway 1
Mims, FL32754
Phone: 321-383-2638
Fax: 321-383-2642

Latitude: 28.725722, Longitude: -80.865362

Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


June 9, 2017

Avenue of Flags on Display at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery

Mims (Scottsmoor), FL - Members of the Deland based Patriot Guard Riders assisted Cape Canaveral National Cemetery staff with displaying the Avenue of Flags in recognition of Flag Day on June 14th. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Generally, a burial flag is given to the next-of-kin, as a keepsake, after its use during the funeral service for a Veteran. Families of Veterans may donate the burial flag of their loved one to be included in the Avenue of Flags program. The Avenue of Flags is a display of respect for the service performed by our nation's Veterans, and they will line the main entrance way of Cape Canaveral National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and to observe the Wreaths Across America ceremony normally held the second Saturday in December.

"The Avenue of Flags is an additional compliment to the overall landscape of our new national cemetery and helps us continue the mission of maintaining national cemeteries as national shrines, sacred to the honor and memory of those interred or memorialized here," said cemetery director Don Murphy. "It is a great way for families of deceased Veterans to donate their flag and enjoy the beauty of it on display along the main entrance drive each time they visit these hallowed grounds when the Avenue of Flags are on display."

For more information about the Avenue of Flags program, call the cemetery administration office at 321-383-2638 or visit the National Cemetery Administration website at www.cem.va.gov.

Avenue of Flags #1
Left to Right - Robert "Buffalo Bob" Collet, Davey "Papad" Dattoli, and Carol Collet
Avenue of Flags #2
Left to Right - Davey "Papad" Dattoli, Carol Collet, and Robert "Buffalo Bob" Collet


Cape Canaveral National Cemetery

BURIAL SPACE
This cemetery has in-ground burial space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains.

ELIGIBILITY
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children 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 who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information visit our eligibility web page.

SCHEDULE A BURIAL
Fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.


 

GENERAL INFORMATION
The new 318-acre cemetery in Mims, Fla., will serve the burial needs of more than 163,000 Veterans in the cemetery's service area for the next 100 years.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) purchased the land in July 2012 for $2.1 million. The initial phase of construction will provide for approximately 17,000 gravesites and accommodate both casket and cremain interments. In addition to gravesites and columbaria, the cemetery will include other features such as a front entrance on U.S. Route 1, a public information center with an electronic gravesite locator and restrooms, an administration building, a maintenance building, a flag pole assembly area, a memorial wall with ossuary and walkway, and committal shelters. Other cemetery infrastructure features will include roads, landscaping, utilities, and irrigation.

DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST AIRPORT
From I-95 take Exit 231, at Highway 1 turn right (south); the cemetery is two miles on the left.

National Cemetery Administration
Cape Canaveral National Cemetery
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Proposed Veterans Cemetery layout - 7/1/13

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Memorial Day Ceremony at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery

May 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Brigadier General Wayne R. Monteith, Commander of the 45th Space Wing, and Director of Eastern Range at Patrick Air Force Base
Guest Speaker: Colonel Danny R. McKnight, U.S. Army, (Retired) Flag at half staff until noon.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will honor the service and sacrifice of our Nation's Veterans on Memorial Day. The second Memorial Day Ceremony at the new national cemetery is hosted by the Support Committee at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. The theme for the program will be "Space for Veterans", officially naming the roadways in the national cemetery.

Greg Pallone, Central Florida News 13, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
Presentation of Colors and Rifle Salute will be provided by the Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard.
The National Anthem will be performed by Jocelyn Evans, Astronaut High School, Titusville.
The Pledge of Allegiance will be rendered by the Mims Boy Scout Troop 360.
A wreath presentation will be made by Margie Collins and Chip Hanson, Brevard Veterans Council and Veterans Memorial Center, Brevard County.
Amazing Grace will be performed by Jamie Holton (Bagpiper), Orlando.
Patriotic music and Taps will be performed by the Florida Marching Arts, Inc. (formerly Impact of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps).
Invocation will be given by Father Rob Goodridge, Rector, St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Titusville.

A musical prelude will begin at 9:45 a.m. and seating will be available for the first 600 guests. Lawn chairs are also welcome for use after the seats are full.
Guests are encouraged to arrive no later than 9:15 to allow ample time to park and be transported to the ceremony area prior to the prompt start of the program at 10:00 a.m. Parking assistance will be available after entering the main entrance gate.


April 3, 2017

Cape Canaveral National Cemetery to Host World War I Centennial Wreath Laying Ceremony

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Main Flag Pole

A Wreath-laying ceremony will commemorate the U.S. involvement in World War I.

The National Cemetery Administration announced its national cemeteries will host wreath-laying ceremonies to commemorate the 353,082 World War I Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries across the country.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will host a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the centennial of U.S. involvement in World War I on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on the German Empire after attacks on American ships and commercial ships transporting American passengers. On April 6, 1917, Congress voted to declare war on the German Empire. When the war ended Nov. 11, 1918, more than 2 million Americans had served.

Don Murphy, Cemetery Director. Office: (321) 383-2638.

In Flanders Fields


Holiday Wreaths Honor Veterans at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery

December 17, 2016

Mims (Scottsmoor), FL -- Volunteers placed holiday wreaths to honor and remember our nation's Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs' Cape Canaveral National Cemetery today.

"These wreath laying ceremonies help us continue the mission of maintaining national cemeteries as national shrines, sacred to the honor and memory of those interred or memorialized here," said cemetery director Don Murphy. "It is a great way for the community to come together to pay our respects during the holiday season."

The organization arranges the wreath-laying ceremony with assistance from local citizens and other Veterans service organizations as a part of Wreaths Across America. All 135 VA national cemeteries receive at least seven wreaths, one for each service branch, one for the Merchant Marines and one for Prisoners of War and those Missing In Action (POW/MIA).

This is the eleventh year of Wreaths Across America, a nationwide program which distributes holiday wreaths as a tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries. It is also the 25th year that the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, have provided holiday wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. Through this program, company president Morrill Worcester seeks to recognize Veterans, active duty military and their families. His goal is to remind the public to remember the Veterans, honor their service, and teach children the value of freedom.

For more information about this event, call the cemetery administration office at 321-383-2638 or visit the National Cemetery Administration website at www.cem.va.gov.


December 8, 2016

VA National Cemeteries Now Offering Pre-Need Burial Eligibility Determinations

Mims, Florida - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it now provides eligibility determinations for burial in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Pre-need eligibility determinations will streamline access to burial benefits that Veterans have earned through military service for themselves and their eligible family members. Pre-need eligibility determinations will help Veterans and their families with pre-need burial planning.

"A pre-need burial eligibility determination will confirm an individual's eligibility for burial in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need" said Cape Canaveral National Cemetery Director Don Murphy. "I encourage Veterans and their spouses to take advantage of the new program so they have peace of mind and can address burial plans ahead of time."

Interested individuals may submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, and supporting documentation, such as a DD Form 214, if readily available, to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office by:

  • Toll-free fax at 1-855-840-8299; or
  • Email to Eligibility.PreNeed@va.gov; or
  • Mail to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office, P.O. Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151.
VA will review applications and provide written notice of its determination of eligibility. VA will save determinations and supporting documentation in an electronic information system to expedite burial arrangements at the time of need. Because laws and personal circumstances change, upon receipt of a burial request, VA will validate all pre-need determinations in accordance with the laws in effect at that time.

VA operates 135 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers' lots in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA's national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand and maintain 105 Veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. For Veterans buried in private or other cemeteries, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. In 2016, VA honored more than 345,000 Veterans and their loved ones with memorial benefits in national, state, tribal and private cemeteries.

Eligible individuals are entitled to burial in any open VA national cemetery, opening/closing of the grave, a grave liner, perpetual care of the gravesite, and a government-furnished headstone or marker or niche cover, all at no cost to the family. Veterans are also eligible for a burial flag and may be eligible for a Presidential Memorial Certificate.

Information on VA burial benefits is available from local VA national cemetery offices, from the Internet at www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000. To make burial arrangements at any open VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.

Cape Canaveral National Cemetery to Honor Vietnam Veterans

Vietnam War ribbon
  • What: A Vietnam War Anniversary wreath laying ceremony to thank and honor Veterans of the Vietnam War.
  • When: March 29, 2017 at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Cape Canaveral National Cemetery - Main Flag Pole
  • Contact: Don W. Murphy, Cemetery Director - Office: 321-383-2638
  • Background: The Department of Veterans Affairs Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will honor the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of the Armed Forces with an anniversary event. The event will commemorate Vietnam War Veterans and include a wreath laying and pinning ceremony to all Vietnam Veterans in attendance.

    The lapel pins will be presented in a dignified manner to each Vietnam veteran during the event, and include accompanying remarks by cemetery staff and members of the Support Committee at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, to reflect the nation's thanks for their service and sacrifice.


    Cape Canaveral National Cemetery Construction Nearing Completion - Scheduling for Columbarium to begin soon

    Feb. 13, 2017: Veterans and Spouses of Veterans, Funeral Industry Professionals

    Background:
    The first phase of construction at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims (Scottsmoor), Florida, is nearly complete and the cemetery staff is planning to move from temporary facilities to the new permanent buildings in April. The cemetery has been conducting in-ground burials for casketed and cremated remains while operating in a small completed portion of the Phase I property. The move to permanent facilities also includes activation of the cemetery's columbarium, which is an above ground courtyard structure consisting of 7,200 niches, for placement of cremation urns.

    The 318-acre cemetery began interments Jan. 12, 2016. The VA national cemetery serves the burial needs of more than 163,000 Veterans in the Space Coast area, including Orlando and Daytona. VA purchased the land in July 2012 for $2.1 million. The property is located along U.S. Route 1 in Scottsmoor, in northern Brevard County, 2 miles south from Interstate 95, Exit #231, and 12 miles north of Titusville.

    "More than 300 families had completed the burial scheduling process when we opened for burials Jan. 12, 2016," said Cape Canaveral National Cemetery Director Don Murphy. "Today, after just a year of conducting interments, nearly 1,700 Veterans and their family members have been laid to rest in this national shrine. When construction is complete, which includes the columbarium, we will have a second burial option for Veterans and their eligible family members who are cremated," Murphy said. Murphy also indicated 200 families have been waiting for the columbarium to be completed so they can schedule interment of their loved one in the new courtyard above-ground structure.

    Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will begin accepting applications for inurnment of cremated remains of deceased eligible Veterans and their spouses on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. The next of kin (NOK) or funeral home acting on the family's behalf, may request inurnment in the columbarium at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery by contacting VA's National Cemetery Scheduling Office (NCSO) in St. Louis, Missouri. First, send a copy of the military discharge documents to the NCSO by fax at 866-900-6417 or email at NCA.Scheduling@va.gov. Next call the NCSO toll free at 800-535-1117 to complete the application process. After construction is complete and the columbarium is available, cemetery staff will contact the NOK of who have completed the application process to schedule a date and time for the committal service of their loved one.

    Burial in a VA national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Their spouse, widow or widower, minor children, and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities, may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children 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 who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. VA provides the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, government headstone or marker, U.S. burial flag, Presidential Memorial Certificate and perpetual care of the gravesite at no cost to the family.

    For questions regarding burial eligibility and burial application at the cemetery, please contact the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery staff at 321- 383-2638 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    For more information on this event, visit the National Cemetery Administration website at www.cem.va.gov.


    Cape Canaveral National Cemetery dedication ceremony
    November 20, 2015 — 2:00 p.m.

    Buriels are planned to start in December.

    Veterans and their families can get information about buriels by calling 321-383-2638 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Cemetery staffalso can be reached at the temporary office trailer north of the cemetery entrance.


    Veterans with a qualifying discharge, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in a VA national cemetery. Also eligible are military personnel who die on active duty. Other burial benefits available for eligible Veterans, regardless of whether they are buried in a national cemetery or a private cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a government headstone or marker.

    Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the Internet at www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000. Official information about Cape Canaveral National Cemetery can be found here. To make burial arrangements at any VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.


    February 19, 2014

    U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Names New National Cemetery in Brevard

    WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the names of two new VA national cemeteries planned in Florida -- the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Scottsmoor and the Tallahassee National Cemetery in Tallahassee.

    "These two new cemeteries are a priority for the growing Veterans' community in Florida," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. "As VA moves forward with these new cemeteries, Veterans, their spouses and families can have peace of mind knowing that they have a final resting place in a nearby national shrine."

    The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery is planned for a 318-acre parcel located in close proximity to U.S.1 in northern Brevard County, approximately two miles from Interstate 95 and 12 miles north of Titusville. The cemetery will serve more than 163,000 Veterans, spouses and their eligible dependents living in the central eastern Florida area. The initial phase of construction will provide more than 17,000 gravesites. VA purchased the property, formerly known as Acosta Groves, for $2.1 million on July 31, 2012.

    The Tallahassee National Cemetery is planned for a 250-acre parcel in Leon County,and will serve 83,000 Veterans and their eligible dependents in the Tallahassee area, as well as southwestern Georgia and southeastern Alabama. VA purchased the Tallahassee property for $6.8 million on Aug. 14, 2012.

    Veterans with a qualifying discharge, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in a VA national cemetery. Also eligible are military personnel who die on active duty. Other burial benefits available for eligible Veterans, regardless of whether they are buried in a national cemetery or a private cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a government headstone or marker.

    In the midst of the largest expansion since the Civil War, VA operates 131 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites. More than 3.8 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA's national cemeteries.

    Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the Internet at www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000. To make burial arrangements at any VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.



    Proposed Veterans Cemetery layout

    Proposed Veterans Cemetery layout

    Proposed Veterans Cemetery entrance layout