Memorial Day Service
HAMPTON, Va., - The community is invited to attend the official Memorial Day ceremony May 28, at 11 a.m., in the historic Hampton National Cemetery, located on Cemetery Road and Marshall Avenue, Hampton, Va. The event is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.
The Hampton National Cemetery dates back to the historic Civil War naval battle between the Confederate Merrimac/Virginia and the Union USS Monitor iron-clad ships in 1862.
During the Civil War, the great number of sick and wounded soldiers resulted in numerous military hospitals being set up near battle sites. A 1,800-bed military hospital was established at Fort Monroe, near Hampton. Although the Fort Monroe hospital was better staffed and organized than many Civil War hospitals, the mortality rate was high. Consequently, burials at Hampton National Cemetery included many soldiers who died at Fort Monroe and other military hospitals in the vicinity.
The Hampton National Cemetery’s proud and long history includes 638 unknown soldiers ~ most of them were Civil War soldiers who fell in combat and were originally hastily buried on the battlefield. There are also 272 Confederate soldiers buried in a separate section. Hampton National Cemetery is one of 13 national cemeteries in which World War II prisoners of war are interred. There are 55 German and five Italian POWs buried in the Phoebus addition section of Hampton National Cemetery.
To get to the Hampton National Cemetery, take I-64 to exit 267 (Hampton University exit). Turn left onto Settlers Landing Road toward Hampton University. Turn left onto Tyler Street at the entrance to Hampton University. Proceed to Cemetery Road and turn left. You will pass through a Hampton University security check point. The cemetery is located straight ahead.