The Los Angeles National Cemetery is over 100 years old. It contains 114.5 acres and is the resting place of 85,000 soldiers who fought in all of America’s battles dating back to the Civil War.
Public funding for the property has diminished over the years as Federal resources are directed to gravesite maintenance. As these public resources continued to decline, the cemetery fell short of the noble and commemorative state our veterans deserve. Over-grown foliage blotted out a century of memories. Rusted chain-link fences were inappropriate for an historic landmark.
Starting in 1998, The Veterans Park Conservancy began restoring the Los Angeles National Cemetery and its surroundings through public/private collaborations with federal, state, and local governments.
VPC replaced the old fencing with 7,800 lineal feet (1.48 miles) of wrought iron, designed new entryways, and glorified the cemetery’s grounds with hundreds of new trees.
VPC built a new gateway at the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Constitution Avenue to help the cemetery regain its stature as an historic landmark as part of our “Arlington of the West.”