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Fort Jackson National Cemetery

Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia is South Carolina’s newest national cemetery. Located on 585 acres of land that formerly belonged to United States Army Basic Training Facility Fort Jackson, the cemetery was dedicated in October of 2008.

Fort Jackson Cemetery Sign

Darrell Parker of North Charleston, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 2003, the National Cemetery Act permitted the addition of six new national cemeteries for areas without previous access to one. Columbia was one of the cities chosen, and construction began in May of 2008.

Ft. Jackson Cemetery Shelter

Darrell Parker of North Charleston, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Fort Jackson National Cemetery

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The first phase of the cemetery was complete and ready for burials by January 2009. The second phase of construction began that summer, affording the cemetery 5,000 full-grave casket sites and 5,000 in-ground cremation sites.

Fort Jackson Cemetery

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The grounds also include 4,200 pre-placed crypts and 2,000 columbarium niches, or vaults for urns. The cemetery provides a place specifically for flag assembly as well as shelters for funeral services.

Fort Jackson Cemetery Columbia

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Fort Jackson National Cemetery joins South Carolina’s other two national cemeteries, Florence National Cemetery and Beaufort National Cemetery.

Fort Jackson Cemetery Markers

Darrell Parker of North Charleston, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Fort Jackson National Cemetery Columbia

Darrell Parker of North Charleston, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Fort Jackson National Cemetery


Contributor Reverend Andy Hunter, who took the photos above, shares this story of his first service at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery: “I conducted my first burial service at a National Cemetery today for one of my favorite members, Mary Bunton, who served in WWII as an army nurse. She was remarkable. Though I’ll miss her, it was an honor to officiate at her funeral … I’ve never done a burial at a National Cemetery and it was very meaningful. I enjoyed telling the three young soldiers of Mary’s role in the World War II as a nurse. The officer who handed her husband the flag was a female lieutenant, and I hope she was encouraged.”

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Fort Jackson National Cemetery Info


Address: 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC 29229
GPS Coordinates: 34.089695,-80.848548
Website: http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ftjackson.asp

Fort Jackson National Cemetery Map

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2 Comments about Fort Jackson National Cemetery

SCIWAY says:
February 3rd, 2014 at 9:19 am

Andy, we thank you and all of our generous contributors who make the South Carolina Picture Project so special, and South Carolinians such as Mary who have made our state and communities wonderful.

Andy Hunter says:
February 1st, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I can’t thank the staff of sciway.net for being so kind as to mention my comments about Mary Bunton with these photos. It reminds me again that South Carolina has beautiful scenery, lots of history, wonderful things to do, but it’s our wonderful South Carolinians like Mary who make our state truly great! Thank you again Sciway staff!!!




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