Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside

4.8
Riverside National Cemetery is a cemetery located in Riverside, California, dedicated to the interment of United States military personnel. The cemetery covers, making it the third-largest cemetery managed by the National Cemetery Administration. Since 2000 it has been the most active cemetery in the system, based on the number of interments.
RNC was established in 1976 through the transfer of from March Air Force Base, a section that during World War II was called Camp Haan. The site was selected in 1976 to provide full burial options for Southern California veterans and their families by President Ford’s Commission for National Cemeteries and Monuments. An additional was transferred by the U.S. Air Force in 2003.
With 15 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance and the Marine Corps’ greatest fighter ace Joe Foss as featured speaker, RNC was dedicated and opened for burials Veterans Day, November 11, 1978. RNC’s first burial was Army Staff Sgt. Ysmael Villegas, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery at the cost of his own life at Villa Verde Trail on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, March 20, 1945. Following the war he was buried at Olivewood Cemetery in Riverside. Prior to the opening of RNC, the Veterans Administration asked the Villegas family if he could be honored by re-burial in the new National Cemetery.
The dramatic, meandering landscape features a central boulevard with memorial circles, lakes, indigenous-styled committal shelters, and a memorial amphitheater.
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  • I visit several times a year. My grandfater is buried here. Very clean, well maintained and easy to get around.  more »
  • Visiting the Cemetery on either Memorial Day or Veterans Day will make you realize how many people have sacrificed to keep this country safe.  more »
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  • We buried dad here. This place is very well maintained and has beautiful green grass throughout the cemetery. You can look up burial site location through kiosk located just outside the main building. Also you can walk around and read about war heros.
  • My husband and I met with his childhood friend and his wife at Riverside National Cemetery to both pay respects to our friend's mother, the last of our parents to join the other three, and to memorialize the two WWII couples who were best friends for 75 years and are now completely together for eternity. The Cemetery Staff was not only professional with our requests but also respectful in suggesting how we might want to proceed with our memorial. The experience was just perfect, and our parents would be proud. Our own experience, and that of our friends, was enhanced by staying at the Ayers Hotel (4 minutes away) and sharing a great meal nearby at Applebee's. We were able to visit and remember wonderful stories of the "folks".

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