REGIONAL NATIONAL CEMETERY IMPROVEMENT CORP.|
P.O. BOX 4221
FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS 72702
The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation (RNCIC) was
incorporated 1984 to aid in the expansion and improvement of the Fayetteville
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. 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
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
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.
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.
Monthly board of director meetings are at 10:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month
at the American Legion Post No. 27, 1195 S.Curtis Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
If your club, business or organization wishes to have a speaker to tell our story, please contact us.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Ron Butler, President, 479-750-2598
Merle Williams, Vice President
Lorna Sterrett, Secretary
Harold Crivello, Treasurer
THREE GROUPS GIVE $5000 ON DECEMBER 14, 2013
A huge thank you to the folks at
Bo's Blessing, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association
and the Military Order of the Purple Heart
for their combined contribution.
It will be a tremendous help in our next land purchase.
THERE ARE LOTS NORTH OF THE CEMETERY FOR SALE
as of July, 2013 but we do not have the money to buy them.
Watch our VIDEO and consider a donation at this time.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!
"I have watched this video over and over and I can't seem to get enough. You did a magnificent job and you are absolutely right - very emotional. We cannot honor our veterans enough. Thank you again and again for doing such a great job to show how much the RNCIC has done for the Fayetteville National Cemetery."
-Gloria S. Bailey
Director, Fayetteville National Cemetery
5TH ANNUAL VETERAN'S MEMORIAL 5K RACE
8:00 A.M. ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013 AT THE FAYETTEVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY.
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
Contact Ron Butler for info on being a sponsor, making a donation or
to assist in anyway.
Click for more information: Race Brochure, Race Information Letter, and Race Sponsorships.
Now you can Register Online.
You can view a video of the race winners presentations and many photos of the race
thanks to RNCIC Board Member Aubrey Shepherd.
Radio station KUAF has a nice recap of the race too.
We are planning a ceremony on Race Day to turn over six lots of land to the VA for the Fayetteville National Cemetery. The ceremony will be right after the race about 8:45 a.m. while the race results are being tabulated. The lots totalling 2.3 acres are possibly our largest single donation to the cemetery in our nearly 30 years of existence. See the schematic map below on this webpage to see how these lots lie along Hill Avenue. Thank you again to all who have made donations to support our efforts to keep the cemetery open for burials. Special thanks to Bob & Lorna Sterrett who gave $50,000 in Mar 2008 and the late Don Tyson who donated $75,000 in May 2010.
MANY THANKS TO OUR RACE SPONSORS FOR 2013
FIVE STAR - $2500 and up
FOUR STAR - $1000 - $2499
THREE STAR - $500 - $999
TWO STAR - $250 - $499
ONE STAR - $100 - $249
OUR FIRST 2013 5K RACE SPONSOR
DACHSHUND RACES IN THE SPRING
We are tentatively planning a fundraiser in the Spring, 2014, featuring Dachshund Races. More details as planning progresses.
Click HERE to see how much fun they are.
AERIAL PHOTO SHOWS RNCIC'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The green outline is the original cemetery.
The red outline is the land donated by the RNCIC since 1984.
The blue outline is land being donated to the cemetery in 2013.
2005 aerial photo of the cemetery
2009 aerial photo of the cemetery
showing Sale Barn property
2010 aerial photo of the cemetery
shows latest RNCIC donations being prepared for burials
Arkansas Veteran's Affairs
Fayetteville National Cemetery
Fayetteville National Cemetery map
showing RNCIC land purchases
Graves in the Cemetery
Interments in the Cemetery
Download our RNCIC Brochure
RNCIC History dated 1997
RNCIC Life Members
VA Arkansas state summary
VA Burial & Benefits
THE RNCIC ARCHIVES
2009 and older
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
and Susannah Porter for her bequest of $20,000 on November 22, 2011.
These are the largest gifts received by the RNCIC since it was founded in 1984.
The RNCIC.com website is possible due to a continuing donation from Jake Lamkins|
in memory of Bill Murphy, Larry Browne, Ken Gibson, Elvie Heiney, Milo Cumpston,
John Swaim, Bob Sterrett, Joe Hussey, Walker Collins, and veterans everywhere.