A demographic study of the nationwide veteran population identified the Columbia-Greenville area as lacking burial options. Four sites were considered and in 2008 the U.S. Department of Defense transferred land used for field training exercises to NCA for the purpose of developing Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The cemetery was formally dedicated the same year and opened for burials in 2009.
Fort Jackson National Cemetery is the third national cemetery established in South Carolina and the 126th in the national cemetery system. Ken Simmons is the landscape architect of record for the first phase of development of the Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The gently rolling topography of the 600-acre site includes a 50-acre interment area, administration and public information center, public restrooms, a maintenance facility, a cemetery entrance area, committal shelters for funeral services, a flag assembly area, and supporting infrastructure including roads, utilities, landscaping, and irrigation. Our Nation's Heroes, some of whom gave their lives for this country, deserve no less than an honorable and pristine landscape to make their final rest.
Landscape Architect of Record
Landscape and Irrigation Design