Tampa Bay area National CemeteriesBelow are Tampa Bay area National Cemeteries. Read the details of both to find out more.
Florida National Cemetery North of Brooksville
Florida National Cemetery is developing a rich history. It is conveniently located on I-75 just 50 miles north of Tampa Bay in Sumter County. In 1980, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it would establish a new national cemetery in Florida. The first interment was in 1988. The cemetery features a Memorial Pathway that is lined with a variety of memorials that honor Americaâ€™s veterans. As of 2003, there were 47 such memorials at Florida National Cemeteryâ€”most commemorating soldiers and veterans of 20thcentury conflicts. The AMVETS donated a carillon on Oct. 9, 1993, which is located in the open meadow adjacent to the original administration building. The main assembly area is adorned with an open colonnade where Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies are held. Florida National Cemetery has many notable burials including two Medal of Honor Recipients, Sergeant Major Franklin D. Miller, from the Vietnam War, is buried in Section ML, Grave 1. Master Sergeant James R. Hendrix, a World War II veteran, is buried in Section MOH, Site 1. It is an honor to be buried at Florida National Cemetery! Please remember this when making your pre-arrangements.
Bay Pines National Cemetery St. Petersburg
Bay Pines National Cemetery is located on the grounds of the Veterans Administration Regional Offices and Bay Pines VA Medical Center in Pinellas County. On March 15, 1933, the cemetery was dedicated and officially opened. This cemetery has space available for cremated remains. The cemetery may be able to accommodate casketed remains in the same gravesite of previously interred family members. The cemetery is just a couple of miles from Tyrone Square Mall. Go west on Tyrone Boulevard. Continue over the causeway to the traffic light at 95th avenue and turn left. Follow the signs to the cemetery. We understand that these cemeteries may be a small drive for you. Remember, it is an honor to be buried in a National Cemetery! All honorably discharged Veterans, their spouses and dependent children are entitled to free grave space, cemetery marker and burial vaults at any National Cemetery. They are all owned by the American people for the exclusive use of Veterans. This benefit saves your family from five to six thousand dollars.