Fort Sill National Cemetery

Elgin, OK

2002 Excellence in Government Award Winner

On July 17, 1862, Congress enacted legislation authorizing the President to purchase “cemetery grounds” to be used as national cemeteries “for soldiers who shall have died in the service of the country.”  In 1873, Congress extended the right of burial in a national cemetery to all honorably discharged Union veterans of the Civil War.  By 1933, certain national cemeteries were transferred from the War Department to the National Park Service of the Department of Interior. 

     Today, more than 130 years after the first national cemeteries were established, the National Cemetery Administration is responsible for 120 national cemeteries in 39 states (and Puerto Rico) as well as 33 soldiers’ lots and monument sites. 


The Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, OK is the 120th National Cemetery.  More than two million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict from Revolutionary War to the Iraqi Freedom, are honored by burial in VA’s national cemeteries. 

           The Fort Sill National Cemetery’s grounds are open to the public from dawn to dusk, and friendly, expert staff members will be happy to conduct tours, provide history, and explain the significance of burial at a national cemetery.  To schedule a visit or request more information, please call Pat Dominguez at (580) 492-3200 or email  

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Meet Patricia Dominguez, Program Assistant for Ft. Sill National Cemetery

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