Houston National Cemetery

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Houston National Cemetery
Houston National Cemetery Main.jpg
Main entrance to Houston National Cemetery
Established December 7, 1965
Location Houston, Harris County, Texas
Country United States
Coordinates 29°55′51″N 95°26′38″W / 29.93083°N 95.44389°W / 29.93083; -95.44389Coordinates: 29°55′51″N 95°26′38″W / 29.93083°N 95.44389°W / 29.93083; -95.44389
Type United States National Cemetery
Owned by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Size 419.2 acres (2 km2)
No. of graves 85,000
Website Official Site
Find a Grave Houston National Cemetery

Houston National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery in the city of Houston in Harris County, Texas. It encompasses 419.2 acres (169.6 ha) only about half of which is developed. The cemetery had more than 85,000 interments as of 2014. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.


First established on December 7, 1965 as a Veterans Administration Cemetery, it became Houston National Cemetery in 1973 after the passage of the National Cemetery Act. It was the only government cemetery constructed in the United States during the 1960s and was the largest of its kind at the time of construction. At 419.2 acres (169.6 ha), the cemetery is smaller than the 624 acres (253 ha) of Arlington National Cemetery.[1]

Notable monuments[edit]

The Hemicycle Memorial at Houston National Cemetery

The Hemicycle, a large semi-circular monument which surrounds a chapel and a 75' high bell tower, with a large courtyard for open air ceremonies. The Hemicycle is the largest memorial and the most visible structure at the cemetery. The memorial is the only NCA-managed hemicycle memorial and is one of three hemicycles located in national cemeteries. The others are located at Arlington National Cemetery and Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines.[2]

Located in the center of the hemicycle are the chapel, carillon and speaker’s stand. David Parsons, a professor of art at Rice University, sculpted a 20 ft × 6 ft (6.1 m × 1.8 m) bas relief of three forms, a fallen soldier supported by two comrades. The 75-foot (23 m) tower, 305-bell, Schulmerich carillon was dedicated May 30, 1970.

Notable interments[edit]

Gravesites north of the hemicycle
Pond adjacent to entrance of cemetery


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