GDVS Suspends Committal Services at State Veterans Cemeteries
As a precautionary measure due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the GDVS will temporarily suspend committal services at both state veterans cemeteries until further notice. Both cemeteries remain open for interments and graveside visitation.
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.
The cemetery will eventually be the final resting place for more than 100,000 eligible veterans, their spouses, and eligible dependents.
As of December 1, 2019, there were 3,827 veterans, spouses, and dependents buried at GVCM. Burials are composed of 2,627 casketed burials, 696 cremations, 476 in-ground cremations, and 28 memorial markers.
The cemetery celebrated the opening of its Phase III expansion in October 2018. The expansion includes 15 acres of developed land and added space for 1,520 pre-placed crypts and 320 columbarium niches.
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.
On December 14, 2019, 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 Morris Little American Legion Post, the Patriot Guard Riders, Honor Guards from the Retired Marine Corps League, and Civil Air Patrol of Morgan County and music by Stacey Blanton. Members of the 139th Intelligence Squadron, 5th Intelligence Squadron, and 3rd Intelligence Squadron coordinated volunteers placing wreaths on graves following the ceremony.
The cemetery has many visitors each year. Some are visiting gravesites, 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.
The cemetery is open to families, visitors, and the general public seven days each week from 8 a.m. to dusk.