The Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Milledgeville is located approximately 5 miles south of downtown Milledgeville along Georgia Highway 112. This cemetery, established on 142 acres the Georgia Department of Veterans Service 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.
There were 203 burials in 2013, making the total-to-date 2,127 veterans, spouses, and dependents buried at the GVMC. The burials are composed of 1,494 casketed burials, 367 cremations in the columbarium, 309 in-ground cremations, and 21 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 300 people.
Flags were placed on all burial sites in the cemetery in recognition of Veterans Day.
On December 14, 2013, 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 the U.S. Armed Forces, Merchant Marines, and POWs/MIAs. The ceremony included members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Honor Guards from the Augusta Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol and Putnam County High School, cadets from Georgia Military College Prep School, and representatives from each branch of service. The cemetery received approximately 1,700 donated wreaths, which were placed on graves following the ceremony. This was the first year that wreaths were placed on every grave in the cemetery.
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.