The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation (RNCIC) was incorporated 1984 to aid in the expansion and improvement of the Fayetteville National Cemetery. It is a 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. All contributions above the entry fee are tax deductible. We have kept the Cemetery open for burials and tripled its size from 5 acres to over 15 since our founding. Without past donations for the purchase of land, the cemetery would be closed to burials today.
Land near the Cemetery has been redeveloped as apartments in the recent past. The federal government has not purchased land to expand existing National Cemeteries in many years. Northwest Arkansas is the only place in the country where the local community has come together to purchase and donate land to keep a National Cemetery open for new internments of our veterans. We purchased another lot early this year and are preparing to clear it. Your participation is helping us raise the funds to pay off our loan and pay for clearing the property so we can transfer it.
To get some sense of why we feel we must keep the Cemetery open, please watch our video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmPj5sy4LWQ