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Is the Wilmington National Cemetery open to new burials or interment of cremated remains?

Ken Little

Not as a rule, but there are specific exceptions. In the case of a soldier killed in action, the Veteran Administration’s National Cemetery Administration will try to honor a family’s wishes, says Gregory Whitney, cemetery director for the N.C. National Cemetery Complex.

“We do make an exception to try to accommodate burial. That’s something the National Cemetery Administration tries to do, because the veteran gave his life at the time of war,” Whitney says. “We will try to find any available space for a KIA veteran.”

The same exception generally applies to the cremated remains of a soldier killed in action, Whitney says.

“Other than that, Wilmington National Cemetery is closed for new casket burials and new cremation burials,” he adds.

Wilmington National Cemetery holds the remains of 6,200 military veterans. There are three other national cemeteries in the state, located in Raleigh, New Bern and Salisbury. For more information about national cemeteries, visit the Veterans Administration cemetery information page.

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