Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, except on state holidays
Interment Hours: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Visitation Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk, daily
The Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Milledgeville is located approximately 5 miles south of downtown Milledgeville along Georgia Highway 112. This cemetery, established in 2001 on 142 acres GDVS received from the Georgia Forestry Commission, includes an administration/visitor center with a state-of-the-art information booth, a committal chapel, a carillon, and 12 columbarium shelters for cremations. Cemetery grounds also include a six-acre lake and a three-acre, multi-tier walled ceremonial area available for use by veterans organizations on remembrance days, such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
In May 2011, construction was completed on Phase II of the cemetery. This phase encompassed about 10 acres and added approximately 1,300 casketed burial plots and 600 cremation plots in the cemetery. The cemetery will eventually be the final resting place for more than 100,000 eligible veterans, their spouses, and eligible dependents.
As of December 31, 2015, there were 2,635 veterans, spouses, and dependents buried at the GVMC. The burials are composed of 1,847 casketed burials, 457 cremations in the columbarium, 306 inground cremations, and 25 memorial markers.
The avenue of flags is displayed when ceremonies are held at the cemetery, such as Memorial Day and Wreaths Across America. In addition, it is displayed on Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day.
Flags were placed on all burial sites and at the front entrance of the cemetery in recognition of Memorial Day. The Knights of Columbus, Patriot Guard, and members of the 48th Infantry Brigade conducted a ceremony attended by approximately 500 people.
Flags were placed on all burial sites in the cemetery in recognition of Veterans Day. Lambda-Xi Fraternity members from Georgia College and State University graciously assisted in this activity. Many of these same members also assisted at the Wreaths Across America ceremony in December.
On December 12, 2015, the cemetery hosted its annual Wreaths Across America ceremony honoring our past and present military. Seven wreaths, provided by the Worchester Wreath Company, were presented honoring each branch of our Armed Forces, Merchant Marines and POWs/ MIAs. The ceremony included members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Honor Guards from the Morgan County High School Air Force JROTC and CFCA Cadet Squadron GA-808, and representatives from each branch of service. The cemetery received enough wreaths to place one on every grave. Volunteers placed these following the ceremony.
The cemetery has many visitors each year. Some are visiting grave sites, some are seeking information about the cemetery and burial requirements, and many have just heard about the cemetery and want to see the grounds.
Cemetery staff members remain active in the local community by meeting frequently with business groups, veterans organizations, and church groups.