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 195 burials in 2012, making the total-to-date 1,924 veterans, spouses, and dependents buried at the GVMC. The burials are composed of 1,351 casketed burials, 328 cremations in the columbarium, 226 in-ground cremations, and 19 memorial markers.
Flags were placed on all burial sites and at the front entrance in recognition of Memorial Day during ceremony held on May 28, 2012. The Knights of Columbus and Patriot Guard Riders participated in the event with over 200 attendees.
The cemetery placed flags at the front entrance in recognition of Flag Day on June 14, 2012, for Independence Day on July 4, 2012, and additional flags on each gravesite in recognition of Veterans Day on November 11, 2012.
In November, the GVMC was presented with a Blue Star Memorial Marker by the Milledgeville Garden Club Council. This marker is to honor our service men and women who have served, are serving, or will be serving in the armed services of the United States. The marker is placed near the front entrance of the cemetery.
On December 15, 2012, the cemetery hosted its seventh annual Wreaths Across America ceremony honoring our past and present military. Seven wreaths were presented honoring each branch of our Armed Forces, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA. The ceremony included members of the Patriot Guard Riders, an Honor Detail from the Georgia Army National Guard, and representatives of each branch of service. Approximately 200 people attended the ceremony. The Worcester Wreath Company provided the seven wreaths for the ceremony. The GVMC received approximately 600 wreaths from donations to the cemetery. These wreaths were placed on the gravesites by attendees following the ceremony.
Cemetery staff members remain active in the local community by meeting frequently with business groups, veterans organizations, and church groups.