As of today, NCA will only conduct committal services for groups of 10 or fewer people. As of Monday, March 23, Committal Services (including honors) will not be conducted until further notice. Both of these announcements, especially the latter, will impact Military Honors. Additionally volunteer honors are discontinued (i.e. American Legion, VFW, etc).
NCA cemeteries are open for visitation, and families CAN choose to have a burial and witness it from a distance (the ten or fewer people rule applying) but without honors and without a committal service. Families CAN also have a committal service at a future time if they choose to go with immediate burial at an NCA cemetery.
If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me. In the meantime, thank you for your steadfast support of America’s Veterans and their families. Together we will come out of this trying time stronger and better.
Lawrence A. Provost
Outreach Officer/Veteran Service Organization (VSO) Liaison-Public Affairs and Outreach
Office of Engagement and Memorial Innovations (OEMI)
National Cemetery Administration (NCA)
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)