Miramar National Cemetery
It was with honor and respect for our Veterans and their families that the National Cemetery Administration dedicated the new Miramar National Cemetery in 2010. It is now the seventh busiest Veteran’s Cemetery in the United States and the second Veteran’s Cemetery located in the San Diego region.
The Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity, incorporated in California in direct support of the Cemetery. The Foundation is funded by our membership, by grants and contributions from companies, civic and veterans’ organizations, and by members of the public. The mission of the Support Foundation includes administering memorial trust funds, conducting commemorative ceremonies, enhancing and beautifying Miramar National Cemetery, and financing and erecting memorials to honor veterans’ organizations.
One such project to enhance and beautify the Cemetery was the installation of the striking Avenue of Flags that has become a focal point. The Avenue of Flags was dedicated during ceremonies at Miramar National Cemetery on January 28, 2012. This inspiring display features an array of 50 flagpoles that line the Cemetery’s main drive. Maintenance of these flags is a direct task of the Foundation Board, which requires changing out the flags three times annually, along with upkeep of the lighting and poles funded by tax-deductible contributions to the Foundation.
Miramar National Cemetery is the only cemetery in North America that offers a Final Honor service to the families of veterans. This tribute is a lasting legacy to those who served honorably, or sacrificed their lives in service to our nation; a thank you for their service to America. The Final Honor service includes a traditional horse-drawn funeral carriage, a white horse, a uniformed driver and attendant.