The Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery opened in 1990 under the administration of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services. The Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery is funded by the State of Nevada and the National Cemetery Association. The cemetery is 35 miles east of Reno adjacent to Interstate 80 located in Fernley Nevada. The cemetery is located in quiet, peaceful surroundings, and provide an atmosphere of respect and dignity to those who have served. The cemetery was established in 1990 and has become the final resting place for over 10,000 veterans and their family members. One plot is allowed for the interment of each eligible veteran and for each member of their immediate family, except where soil conditions or the number of decedents of the family require more than one plot. Specific plots may not be reserved as plots are assigned by the cemetery superintendent. Casket and cremation burials can be accommodated at both cemeteries.
Click HERE for the PDF Pre-Registration Application form. Fill out and submit by mail with other documents requested at the bottom of the form.
Veterans and spouses can now be buried side by side at National Cemeteries. National Veteran Cemeteries now allow for married veterans to have separate burial entitlements -- meaning that women veterans can now be buried side by side with their veteran husbands. The Nevada Veterans Cemetery does have an established procedure allowing the space next to an interred veteran to be reserved for the veteran's spouse if they choose separate internment.
This is a great change in procedure to honor our women veterans! If you have any questions, would like to pre-register, or make any pre-registration changes, you can contact the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery directly.
To determine if you are eligible, to make advanced reservations, or if you have any questions, please call either cemetery office at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery: (775) 575-4441
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The Patriot Guard Riders The Nevada Patriot Guard Riders attend funerals for veterans and first responders and honors our Nevada heroes. Patriot Guard Riders Facebook Page and the Patriot Guard Riders Website
The American Legion Riders ride to raise money for such organizations as local VA Hospitals, Battered Women and Children's Center, Varied Children and Youth programs, a School for Blind Children, Veterans Relief, Needy families and many, many others. Post 37 is responsible for the new POW/MIA Memorial, recently dedicated at the Northen Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Legion Riders have formed special motorcycle Honor Guards and ceremonial teams highlighting the special bonds formed in military service and the motorcycling community. Legion Riders participate in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as "Rolling Thunder". American Legion Riders - Post 37 website
The K.I.A. Ghost Soldiers MC are a non profit group of motorcycle riding friends who raise money for the families of military heros killed in action. The NVC and the K.I.A. Ghost Soldiers work closely together on numerous Veteran-focused projects throughout the year. In honor of the soldiers who were killed in action, the K.I.A. Ghost Soldiers Motorcycle Club and the Northern Nevada Veterans Coalition unveiled a monument at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery on April 28th, 2012. KIA Ghost Soldiers Website
Many veteran support organizations have worked together to provide stirring momuments to our warfighters, at The Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Fernley, Nevada. They pay tribute to the men and women responsible for these permanent commemorations to our fallen and those serving now, and in the future, within the military service of our country.
In 1978, Congress established the State Cemetery Grants Program (Public Law 95-476) to aid States and U.S. territories in the establishment, expansion and improvement of veterans cemeteries. In 1987, The Nevada State Legislature approved funding for two cemeteries, one located in Northern Nevada and one located in Southern Nevada (Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery). Both Nevada Cemeteries opened in 1990 under the administration of the Nevada Commission for Veterans Affairs, and both are funded by the State of Nevada. As of December 2014, a total of 42,964 veterans and family members have been interred at one of the two Nevada's Veterans Memorial Cemeteries in either Boulder City or Fernley Nevada. As of 2015, the Veterans Affairs Cemetery Administration is conducting one of the largest expansions of military cemeteries since the American Civil War.
On September 13, 2006, Nevada's Governor, Kenny Guinn, put forward that the State had jurisdiction over state veterans' cemeteries. The Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery was involved in the debate over the use of non-traditional graphics on government-furnished headstones and markers. The grave site of Sergeant Patrick Dana Stewart located at the Northern Nevada site became the first veterans cemetery to display the Wiccan symbol. Eventually the symbol was added to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries throughout the United States including VA-issued headstones, markers, and plaques.
The 43 acre cemetery sits below the mountains of the Northern Nevada Trinity Mountain Range. The cemetery grounds consist of irrigated landscaping with a mix of trees, turf and shrubbery. All buildings and monuments are ADA accessible with ramps leading to the main flag, the POW-MIA flag and the State of Nevada flag at the northern end of the columbarium.
Water availability and cost present challenges at both Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada Memorial Cemeteries. Charles Harton, a retired World War II Marine and chairman of the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Advisory Committee stressed the importance of reviewing cost effective approaches to water usage including the incorporation of desert xeriscaping involving the use of native plants and shrubs collide with view that visitors prefer turf as most appropriate for a veterans cemetery. The Northern Nevada Memorial Cemetery is the first Memorial Cemetery in Nevada to test the long term feasibility of a polymer material embedded within the soil for capturing and retaining moisture by limiting water evaporation in dry arid environments.