We buy land to donate to the Fayetteville National Cemetery so it does not run out of space for burials.

REGIONAL NATIONAL CEMETERY IMPROVEMENT CORP
P.O. BOX 4221
FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS 72702

   The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation (RNCIC) was incorporated in 1984 to aid in the expansion and improvement of the Fayetteville National Cemetery. The incorporators were Col. Larry L. Browne, Jr., Ken Gibson and John Wm. Murphy. These three were also the RNCIC's first Board of Directors. Clem McClelland was our first president. It is a legally constituted, not-for-profit corporation (501 c 3) whose officers and directors are volunteers working without compensation. Membership in the RNCIC is open to all interested parties. We have kept the Cemetery open for burials and increased its size by over 200% since our founding. Without past donations for the purchase of land, the cemetery would be closed to burials today.

   Our mission is to secure land adjacent to the Fayetteville National Cemetery to ensure the cemetery can continue to receive veterans for burial. Veterans living in Northwest Arkansas, as well as many veterans living outside our region, have planned their final resting place here. This desire stems from having been born and raised in Northwest Arkansas, having close family ties here, or having made their homes in the area following their service.

   On July 17, 1862, Congress enacted legislation that authorized President Abraham Lincoln to purchase "cemetery grounds" to be used as national cemeteries "for soldiers who shall have died in the service of the country." The Fayetteville National Cemetery opened in 1867. It has been placed on the National registry of Historic Places and the Civil War Discovery Trail. It has also been declared a National Shrine.

   Since September 1, 1973, responsibility for the national cemetery rests with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Today, there are 136 national cemeteries in all. The Department of Veterans Affairs, through its National Cemetery Administration, administers 120 of them. Two national Cemeteries, Arlington and Soldiers Home, are still administered by the Army. Fourteen national cemeteries are maintained by the Department of the Interior.

   More than 2.5 million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict - from the Revolutionary War to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars - are honored by burial in VA's national cemeteries. More than 14,200 acres of land from Hawaii to Maine, and from Alaska to Puerto Rico are devoted to the memorialization of those who served this nation. Many of the national cemeteries have been closed to further burials and some are open only for cremations. Expansion to any existing cemetery can only be done by adding adjacent usable land. Any acquisition must be donated to the National Cemetery with an unencumbered title and the land cleared of all structures, utilities, pipes, sewers, etc.

   We Need Your Support! Many people have given generously in the past. Your giving will be deeply appreciated and donations are tax deductible under current law. The RNCIC tax identification will be furnished upon request. Find out more about us from news articles linked below. Please become a member and/or make a donation. We are the only organization of our kind in the country.

Print out the contribution/donation form and mail it with your check to:
Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corp.
P.O. Box 4221
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702.

Now you can donate online. Just click on the Donate button


   WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR THE HUNDREDS OF DONATIONS AND OTHER FORMS OF SUPPORT
WE HAVE RECEIVED THE PAST THIRTY YEARS TO HELP US ACCOMPLISH OUR GOAL
OF KEEPING THE FAYETTEVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY OPEN FOR BURIALS.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!


Monthly board of directors meetings are at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month
at the American Legion Post No. 27, 1195 S.Curtis Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Members and guests are always welcome.
If your club, business or organization wishes to have a speaker to tell our story, please contact us.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Ron Butler, President, 479-445-8336
Merle Williams, Vice President
Lorna Sterrett, Secretary
Peggy McClain, Treasurer
Harold Crivello
Gary Culp
Jim Glover
Jake Lamkins
Roger McClain
Josh Sakon
Aubrey Shepherd
Wes Stites


THE 8TH ANNUAL VETERAN'S MEMORIAL 5K RACE
WILL BE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2016
AT THE FAYETTEVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY.
Last year over 200 runners participated in the race.
All proceeds will go to buy land for the expansion of the cemetery.
Registration Fees: $25 early and $30 day of the race.

Send registration fees to Veteran's Memorial 5 K Race, C/O RNCIC, P.O. Box 4221, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.

Contact Ron Butler for info on being a sponsor, making a donation or to assist in anyway.

Click for more information: Race Brochure and the Race Information Letter and Race Sponsorships.

We also have ONLINE RACE REGISTRATION.

Take a look at the race route.

MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS FOR THE 2016 RACE


FIVE STAR
$2500 and up


FOUR STAR
$1000 - $2499


THREE STAR
$500 - $999


TWO STAR
$250 - $499


ONE STAR
$100 - $249



THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MET ON APRIL 9, 2016

They celebrated the purchase of more land a few days before.


OFFICERS FOR 2016 ELECTED ON JANUARY 9, 2016

L-R: President Ron Butler, Vice President Merle Williams, Secretary Lorna Sterrett and Treasurer Peggy McClain.


LINKS
Fayetteville City Map
Fayetteville National Cemetery 2005 aerial photo
Fayetteville National Cemetery 2009 aerial photo
showing Sale Barn property
Fayetteville National Cemetery 2010 aerial photo
shows RNCIC donations being prepared for burials
Fayetteville National Cemetery 2014 aerial photo
shows apartments which replaced the sale barn
Fayetteville National Cemetery Graves
Fayetteville National Cemetery homepage
Fayetteville National Cemetery Interments
Fayetteville National Cemetery map
showing RNCIC land purchases through 2013
Fayetteville National Cemetery map
showing RNCIC land purchases through 2015
RNCIC Brochure
RNCIC Bylaws
RNCIC History dated 1989
RNCIC History dated 1997
RNCIC History dated 2014
RNCIC Life Members
VA Arkansas state summary
VA Burial & Benefits
VA Homepage
VA Records

THE RNCIC ARCHIVES

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2014

2013

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2011

2010

2009 and older

Many thanks to our contributors for their support!



Many, many thanks to the City of Fayetteville for a grant of $25,000 in 1989,
the State of Arkansas for a grant of $47,000 in 1997,
Bob and Lorna Sterrett for their $50,000 donation on March 8, 2008,
Don Tyson for his donation of $75,000 on May 28, 2010
Susannah Porter for her bequest of $20,000 on November 22, 2011
and the State of Arkansas General Improvement Funds totalling $64,000 in late 2013:
Arkansas state legislators Charlie Collins and Cecile Bledsoe each facilitated $25,000 of these grants
with David Whitaker and Debra Hobbs adding $5,000 each.
A donor who wishes to remain anonymous gave $62,500 in July 2014.
We received a $20,000 grant from the NW Arkansas Economic Development group in July 2015.
These are the largest gifts received by the RNCIC since it was founded in 1984.




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