National Cemetery

U.S. government land purchased to provide burial sites for soldiers who died in service to their country, a move authorized by legislation passed during the Civil War. Burial spaces are traditionally designed in rows with standard upright memorials or flush grave markers. In addition to regional cemeteries, there are national cemeteries located within the boundaries of battlefields. Memorials commemorating specific wars, battles, or branches of the military serve as outstanding features within the cemeteries and provide space for ceremonies.