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Fort Bliss National Cemetery Named National Shrine

The Department of Veterans Affairs has named Fort Bliss National Cemetery as an Organization of Excellence, a designation that is given to national cemeteries that meet strict department standards.

Fort Bliss National Cemetery met or exceeded the National Shrine Standard in 68 of 74 categories.

The standards comprising the award of “Organization of Excellence” are derived from customer satisfaction surveys appearance of headstones and grounds, daily cleanliness of customer facing facilities, equipment and facility maintenance, and safety of visitors and employees.

The award reads:

“In recognition of superior organizational performance in key areas of importance to the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) and its customers.  The Fort Bliss National Cemetery has demonstrated exemplary performance equal to or exceeding national targets in key management and operational areas.  The cemetery’s performance positively supports NCA’ s key satisfaction drivers of customer service, cemetery service, and access to information. 

As a requirement of recognition, this facility underwent a rigorous independent Organizational Assessment and Improvement review to verify performance levels on March 27 – 29, 2018.  Validation reviews are conducted by a team of NCA subject matter experts, trained in evaluation methods, and led by the NCA Office of Finance and Planning.”

Fort Bliss National Cemetery officials said, [We are] proud to be a recipient of the Organization of Excellence Award as it exemplifies the level of professionalism, teamwork and focus the entire staff here display on a daily basis while providing world class customer service.”

In March, an independent organizational assessment and improvement team evaluated and compared the cemetery’s performance against National Cemetery Administration standards.

Across the 82+ acre site, there are more than 50,000 graves, including one that is the final resting place of the post’s namesake, Lt. Col. William Wallace Smith Bliss.

According to the National Cemetery Administration the following Monuments and Memorials are located within the grounds of the cemetery.

  • On December 7, 1984, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association dedicated a monument to Coast Guard and Navy personnel who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
  • The Military Order of the World Wars dedicated a granite monument in 1986 to officers in military service.
  • The granite American Prisoners of War Monument was installed in 1986 by the American Ex-Prisoners of War of El Paso, Chapter 1.
  • The Military Order of the Purple Heart dedicated a granite-and-bronze monument to all armed forces personnel on October 22, 2002. The bronze plaque is inscribed with the words to Taps.
  • The El Paso Del Norte Chapter, Gold Star Wives of America, dedicated a granite-and-bronze monument on August 28, 2010. It is inscribed, “To Honor, In Loving Memory, Our Husbands and Their Service to Our Great Nation.”
  • The Korean War Veterans Association, Col. Joseph C. Rodriguez (MOH), Chapter 249, donated a granite monument that was dedicated by Ko Chang Sun on June 25, 2016.

For more information on the cemetery, click here.

Fort Bliss National Cemetery to Honor Vietnam Veterans Friday

The Department of Veterans Affairs Fort Bliss National Cemetery will honor the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War in a 50th Anniversary event on Friday.

On March 29, America will observe National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This special day was added to our national holidays when the President signed into law The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.

On the 30th, at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery Rostrum, local officials will honor El Pasoans who served in Vietnam. The event will commemorate Vietnam War Veterans and include a pinning ceremony to all Vietnam Veterans in attendance.

The lapel pins will be presented in a dignified manner to each Vietnam veteran during the event, and include accompanying remarks to reflect the nation’s thanks for their service and sacrifice.

On their website, Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs say, “We make no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period. All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that today there are 7 million living Vietnam veterans and 9 million families of those who served in this time frame.

The Vietnam veteran lapel pin was initially introduced in small numbers in late 2014 with the first pin presented to then Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The National Rollout for the Vietnam veteran lapel pins was during the Congressional Ceremony in July 2015.  These pins are now in full production and available to our Commemorative Partners for presentation to eligible Vietnam veterans.

What: A Vietnam War 50th Anniversary commemoration ceremony to thank and honor Veterans of the Vietnam War.

Who: Keynote Speaker: Mr. Issac Camacho

When: March 30, 2018 at 3:00pm

Where: Fort Bliss National Cemetery Rostrum

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