Bay Pines National Cemetery is located on the grounds of the Veterans Administration Center (VAC) in Pinellas County, about 9 miles west-northwest of St. Petersburg, Fla.
On March 15, 1933, the cemetery was dedicated and officially opened as a burial ground for those who died in the Bay Pines hospital and domiciliary. The 21-acre site was laid out in 42 symmetrical sections. The first interment was made on April 25, 1933, and by January 1964, all available gravesites had been used. In 1984, in order to gain more grave space, the hedges that divided the center of the cemetery were removed and the space between the sections was utilized.
The cemetery was transferred from Veterans Administration to the National Cemetery System on May 28, 1984, and reopened for interments on July 2, 1984.
A large monument constructed of pink Etowah marble in 1937 is dedicated to "the memory of those who served their country" and stands at the entrance to the cemetery grounds. A polished granite bench, dedicated to the memory of World War I veterans, sits opposite the cemetery entrance, facing the new POW/MIA monument. A maple tree planted in Section 53 in 1976 commemorates the country's bicentennial.
Open daily from dawn to dusk. [Department of Veterans Affairs]
GPS Coordinates: 27.80919, -82.7726
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #109389
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