Saturday, May 20: Miramar National Cemetery hosts community open house

Courtesy of the San Diego Union Tribune:

Give Miramar National Cemetery a chance, officials plead.

National Cemetery Administration officials are holding an unusual open house Saturday to market the high points of what might be people’s Plan B: Miramar National Cemetery.

People often call Rep. Scott Peters’ office with a question that doesn’t have a good answer: How do I get a space in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery?

The bad news is not really new. You basically can’t.

The iconic cemetery in Point Loma has been closed to new casket burials since 1966, and the last open niche for ashes was filled in 2014. Essentially, the only spots left are for the spouses of military veterans already laid to rest there, as well as the infrequent case of a predesignated slot being given up.

Federal officials plan to hold an unusual open house Saturday to market the high points of what’s probably some people’s Plan B: Miramar National Cemetery.

  • Miramar National Cemetery community open house
  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

“We’re really trying to encourage people to look at Miramar,” said MaryAnne Pintar, district chief of staff for Peters, a San Diego Democrat whose district includes both properties.

In an extra flourish, there will be free public shuttle buses running Saturday to show off the cemetery’s 313 rolling acres at the west end of Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.

“Now it’s Miramar’s turn. We want to show them the beauty of the cemetery and the possibility of the expansion,” said Rex Kern, director of both installations. “I know that we don’t have ocean views like we do at Rosecrans, but this is also a very beautiful, natural, desert-type environment.”

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