Cemetery Overview

The West Point Post Cemetery is America’s oldest military post cemetery and has become a historic national landmark. The cemetery is located on the grounds of the United States Military Academy in the great state of New York and provides a serene locale for the thousands of visitors who walk the grounds each year. Prior to its designation as a military cemetery in 1817, the grounds were used by local residents for burials, and the graves of Soldiers from as far back as the Revolutionary war are located there. Those laid to rest in these hallowed grounds include distinguished Soldiers, Medal of Honor Recipients, astronauts, athletes, and family members.

A Cemetery Responsible Officials (CRO) and two cemetery representatives working on West Point provides the oversight and administrative support for all cemetery operations. Grounds and headstone maintenance for the West Point Cemetery is performed by cemetery contract. The West Point cemetery falls underneath the responsibility of USMA/G4. Launch Army Cemeteries Explorer for USMA West Point Post Cemetery here to locate a gravesite.

Visit Our Cemetery
The cemetery is normally staffed Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding Federal holidays. The staff works out of the memorial affairs office at Bldg. 329 Washington Road, West Point NY 10996. Because the West Point Military Cemetery resides on an active U.S. Army installation all non-DoD, non-federally-affiliated visitors without proper government identification will need obtain prior approval for gate access. Identification Requirements to Enter West Point can be found at: https://www.westpoint.army.mil/visitus.html. Visitors should also call the West Point visitors control center at 845-938-0390 or 845-938-0392 before departing. Limited paved parking is available and the cemetery is wheelchair-accessible.


The cemetery is open from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week.
 Established: 1847 
 First Recorded Interment: est. 11/7/1782 
 Location: 329 Washington Road, West Point, NY 10996 
 Burials: 9,396 (U.S. Military Personnel; Civilians; Unknowns) 
 Columbarium: Yes (2 Columbaria: Old Cadet Chapel Columbarium and Outdoor Columbarium) 
 Acres: 11.379 acres 
 Status: Open to new interments 
 Last Interment/Inurnment: Daily to Weekly 

From the Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY: Upon exiting the airport, turn left onto Route 207 East (Little Britain Road).  Follow 207 for 3.6 miles to “Five Corners” intersection.  Turn right onto Route 32 South. Follow 32 for 1.7 miles and turn left onto Route 107 (Quaker Avenue). In 0.4 miles, turn right onto Route 9W South toward Bear Mountain. Follow 9W South for 8.6 miles and take the exit for Highland Falls/West Point (Route 218). In 1.1 miles, bear right onto West Point Highway. Follow 0.25 mile to Visitors Center on right (if you need to get a pass) or keep straight to reach the Thayer Gate entrance. Once through Thayer Gate, follow straight for approximately 2.4 miles to cemetery.

West Point Military Academy
Memorial Affairs Office
Cemetery Responsible Official

329 Washington Road, West Point, NY 10996

Email:  memorialaffairs@westpoint.edu 
Phone:  845-938-2504