Discover the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell

    By Gary McKechnie

    The second-busiest cemetery in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration is on the outskirts of Bushnell, within the Withlacoochee State Forest.

    It is the Florida National Cemetery and it is an impressive place. It covers 517 acres, there are 131,000 veterans and their dependents here, and as many as two dozen more join their ranks each day.

    In fact, it is far too large in scope to explain in a single blog, which is why I visited the cemetery and wrote an article about its history and operation. You can see that at

    And you can see the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

    If you go...

    Florida National Cemetery

    6502 SW 102nd Avenue
    Bushnell, 33513
    (352) 793-7740
    Daily during daylight hours

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    florida national cemetery

    When you come here, you may spend time at the final resting place of a friend or relative, walk in the shade of the memorial pathway, or simply pay tribute to individuals you never knew but whose lives affected your own.

    - Gary McKechnie for VISIT FLORIDA

    headstone at the florida national cemetery

    Veterans’ cemeteries offer a historical record of America, and at the Florida National Cemetery you will find history in the headstones. Look closely and there is a surgeon’s assistant from the Civil War, soldiers from World War I, the first Native American to graduate from West Point, and men whose heroism resulted in the nation’s highest honors including the Silver Star, Navy Cross, and even the Congressional Medal of Honor.

    - Gary McKechnie for VISIT FLORIDA