Through care packages, fundraisers and celebrations, we would do absolutely anything for our troops. And don’t worry; we haven’t forgotten our fallen heroes. By visiting a veteran cemetery, we can truly show our appreciation and learn about the veterans who have given their lives for our country.
- Find your destination. Here is a directory of cemeteries for veterans in the United States. Find one closest to you.
- Gather the troops. With your family and friends, decide which day is best for all of you to visit a cemetery. It is always better to visit during the spring or fall.
- Research. Find a sexton’s records, which can include burial registers, maps and plot records.
- Pack. Make sure to bring water, paper, pencils and a camera. Fresh flowers are great to bring if you are visiting an ancestor or loved one.
- Dress properly. Don’t wear shorts and a tank top. Be respectful by wearing dress pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
- Follow the rules. Each cemetery has its own set of rules, especially in regards to gravestone rubbing and leaving flowers. Make sure to be familiar with them.
- Make memories. You can take photos or write down the names and dates of the graves you visited. Gravestone rubbing is a great way to enjoy the experience. Just avoid gravestones that are fragile.
- Honor the veterans. When visiting remember that all of the servicemen and women honored have fought for our country. Be respectful and grateful.