Veterans memorials

Paying Respects

Veterans Cemeteries


The challenge is to visit NATIONAL and STATE Veterans Cemeteries across the nation. TWO photos will be required for each visit, and photos be taken during daylight hours, without artificial illumination. Each photo submitted by a rider should clearly show rider flag and motorcycle*:

Photo A) The GATES of the qualifying cemetery and signage 
Photo B) Either a flag grouping inside the cemetery, a monument inside the cemetery, or a grouping of headstones.
*If motorcycle can't safely fit in photo (A) because of parking, it should appear in photo (B)

NOTE: if motorcycle can't safely fit in photo (A) because of parking, it should appear in photo (B)

If you'd like photos considered for use in the database, please provide in Landscape (horizontal) format in at least medium resolution. You can email those separately to [email protected]

Veterans sections in private cemeteries and new finds aren't eligible for this ride. New finds will be held for possible inclusion in the future.

Please don't park on sidewalks or lawns without permission of caretakers or law enforcement.

There are two types of cemeteries for the purpose of this ride: national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries, both considered hallowed ground that provide final resting places for our military veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs' National Cemetery Administration maintains 155 national cemeteries in 42 states. In addition to the national cemeteries, many states have established state veterans cemeteries. Eligibility is similar to Department of VA national cemeteries, but may include residency requirements. Even though they may have been established or improved with Government funds through the VA's Veterans Cemetery Grants Program, state veterans cemeteries are run solely by the states.

There will be three basic levels of finishers:
Bronze Level Finisher - 10 or more different Cemeteries verified
Silver Level Finisher - 20 or more different Cemeteries verified
Gold Level Finisher - 30 or more different Cemeteries verified

Highly motivated riders can reach an even higher level:
Slow Hand Salute Level - 50 or more different Cemeteries verified

Veterans Cemeteries map

Click on the map above for an interactive map of known National and State Cemeteries. Click here for a GPX file (rev. 3/2/22), and an up-to-date listing by state here. Map, GPX file and list provided by Eric Marshall, auxiliary rides scorer.

Naming convention for Cemetery submissions: 2022_rider#_VC_state_cityname.jpg, ie. 2022_145_VC_TX_Dallas.jpg

NOTE: The list mentioned above has a column labeled “Restrictions.” Any locations labeled something other than “none” may have a restriction of some kind. Examples would include, but not be limited to: military installations, museums, offices, cemeteries, etc. These may be accessible only on certain days, have limited hours, require a special ID or guest pass, have an admission fee, etc. It is up to riders to pre-scout locations to determine access.

Photos of museum doors, hangars, guard shacks or other barricades visited on days or during hours when access to the object of the visit isn't available, are not eligible for scoring.



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