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Visiting a State Cemetery


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Cemetery Visiting Hours 8am to 5pm
7 Days A Week
You are welcome to visit a Texas State Veterans Cemetery. You will find beautifully maintained grounds, the avenue of flags, the memorial walk and garden, a columbarium, the service flag plaza, and hear the bell carillon play.

During your visit, please remember not only the heroes who rest here, but also the men and women serving today in our armed forces around the world. Their spirit of courage and dedication is honored here as well. Whether you are visiting a loved one, or just visiting, pause and remember that freedom is not free.

You can receive information from the cemetery staff by visiting the Administration building. Restroom facilities are located here. Just outside the Administration Building is a computerized visitor kiosk, which contains a grave locator as well as a video tour of the cemetery. You can easily find a particular grave site at this kiosk.

star Notes for visitors about flowers, plants, and decorations

  • Floral items and other types of decorations or commemorative items cannot be attached to monuments, headstones, or niche covers.
  • Fresh cut flowers may be placed on the graves throughout the year. Artificial flowers are only allowed during the winter months when the grass is dormant. Floral items, fresh and artificial, will be removed from graves by the cemetery staff when they become faded or unsightly.
  • Potted plants are permitted on graves only from seven days before Easter and Memorial Day to seven days afterward. They will be removed and disposed of by cemetery staff when they become faded or unsightly or are preventing maintenance of the grounds.
  • Beginning on December 2nd, Christmas wreaths, flower arrangements, or floral grave blankets are permitted on graves. They will be removed by January 15th. Grave floral blankets may not be larger than 2 by 3 feet. Christmas trees are not permitted, and Christmas decorations are not permitted on any live tree. Decorative lights of any kind are prohibited.
  • Year round, if you bring fresh flowers that you would like to leave at a grave site, you can use a temporary vase. These temporary vases are provided by the cemetery. You can find one at clearly marked locations around the cemetery.
  • Flowers, shrubs, trees, and any type plant cannot be planted, moved, or removed.

The Carillon Bell tower at each cemetery was donated by the AMVETS – Department of Texas. It plays throughout the day and during special events.


Links to Additional Resources

Contacts

Eric Brown
Director
State Veterans Cemeteries
800.252.VETS (8387)
512.463.5977
Eric Brown
Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen Office
254.616.1770
254.616.1769 (FAX)
Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission Office
956.583.7227
956.583.7887 (FAX)
Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene Office
325.673.4446
325.673.4448 (FAX)
Coastal Bend Veterans Cemetery at Corpus Christi Office
361.248.4830
361.248.4965 (FAX)
Texas Veterans Land Board
800.252.VETS (8387)