Jacksonville National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located within the city of Jacksonville, Florida, in the city's Northside area. It encompasses 526 acres (213 ha), and began interments on January 7, 2009.
The relatively close St. Augustine National Cemetery was closed to interments in the 1990s, so the nearest location was the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, 143 miles from Jacksonville.
Initial construction began in August, 2008 and created a 20-acre (8.1 ha) burial area with temporary facilities. Stage 1A was completed in December, 2008, and the grounds were consecrated January 5, 2009. The second construction stage is scheduled to commence in the summer of 2009 and include an entrance, roadways within the 52-acre (21 ha) section, permanent buildings for administration and maintenance, a public information center and two shelters for services during inclement weather. Infrastructure consisting of drainage, fencing, landscaping, irrigation and utilities is also being built.
The section under development will provide 8,145 gravesites, including 7,300 pre-placed crypts, 5,100 in-ground cremation sites and 4,992 columbarium niches.In May 2011, the cemetery contained the remains of over 1,000 veterans, despite being open for just 28 months. As of August 2019, the cemetery contained over 16,000 memorials.
Jack D. Hunter, author, including the bestseller, The Blue Max (1964), which became a 1966 movie. Hunter served as an Army counterintelligence officer during and after World War II.