The Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia, the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, and the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin are open for direct burials and interments. The administrative offices at each cemetery are closed to visitors but staff members remain available to assist by telephone to schedule direct burials. For the safety of our staff and visitors, we are no longer able to offer memorial services at this time. Consistent with U.S. Veterans Administration guidelines, up to ten (10) family members and friends may accompany the funeral home to the cemetery to observe burials at a distance from the inside of their vehicles. We understand that some families may prefer to proceed with a direct interment of their loved one now and schedule a larger, more formal, committal service with military honors at a later date. The Virginia Department of Veterans Services will accommodate these preferences and work closely with families to schedule a memorial service for their loved one when it is safe to do so.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, public Memorial Day Ceremonies will not be held this year at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond or at the state veterans cemeteries in Amelia, Dublin, and Suffolk. However, the grounds of the Virginia War Memorial and the state veterans cemeteries will be open to visitors, subject to the current COVID-19 social distance rules and guidelines. At the cemeteries, an American flag will be posted on all gravesites and the Avenue of Flags will line cemetery roadways from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day.
The 2020 Commonwealth’s Memorial Day ceremony will be a virtual broadcast/livestreamed event, click here to learn more.
Hours of Operation & Contact Information
The cemetery is open to the public for visitation everyday during daylight hours. The cemetery administrative office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for federal and state holidays. The cemetery administrative office may be reached at (804) 561-1475 during business hours.
After hours calls will be returned the next business day.
On Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm, a cemetery team member will be available to assist families in locating grave or cremation sites.
Funeral directors should call (804) 561-1475 during normal business hours to schedule interment services. If a cemetery team member does not answer, please leave a message – your call will be returned no later than the next business day.
A cemetery team member will also be also be available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to schedule services for the next week. Please call 757-255-7217 and listen to the message. The message will provide you with the contact number for the “duty scheduler” for that Saturday.
Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia
10300 Pridesville Road
Amelia, VA 23002
Provisions for pre-application
For expediency, the veteran may apply prior to death to determine eligibility for interment in the cemetery.
To download a copy of the pre-application form, please click one of the links below. You may also request a copy of the pre-application by calling the cemetery at (804) 561-1475.
Please remember that in addition to the pre-application form, you must submit documentation of military service (DD214 or equivalent) and a copy of a marriage certificate, if applicable. You must also inform cemetery management of other dependent eligibility status at the time of application.
Outer Burial Containers
Outer burial containers are required for in-ground casketed burials at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery. An outer burial container is an enclosure (made of reinforced concrete with a domed lid or a steel unit) in which caskets are placed.
Concrete outer burial containers (standard size pre-installed double depth concrete crypts) are provided by the cemetery at no cost for the veteran, spouse and eligible dependents.
For burials requiring an oversized casket, an oversized outer burial container must be purchased by the veteran or family. The cemetery sells oversized outer burial containers at cost for $475. Veterans and their families also have the option to purchase an oversized outer burial container and placement services from a funeral home or other source.
Concrete outer burial containers (standard single units) will be provided as DVS funding permits in the pre occupied burial garden sections for the second interment. The first interment must have occurred before January 1, 2014.
All outer burial containers provided by the Virginia Veterans Cemetery meet quality and performance standards set by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Outer burial containers purchased from a funeral home or other source must meet the same standards.
Memorial Day Events
To commemorate Memorial Day, flags will be placed on all grave sites and the Avenue of Flags will be erected along the circle drive. The administration office will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. to assist veterans and their families with grave site location, general information, and filling out the cemetery pre-application form.
Veterans Day Events
The cemetery will hold an open house event in honor of Veterans Day (November 11). Employees will be available to answer questions about pre-applications, benefits of burial in one of Virginia’s state-operated veterans cemeteries, and cemetery operation procedures. Employees will also be available to assist visitors with locating grave sites. The cemetery will be in full dress with the Avenue of Flags flying and individual flags on each grave site.
On Easter Sunday, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Independence Day, and Saturdays/Sundays cemetery staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist families visiting their loved one’s grave site. The cemetery staff looks forward to visiting with and assisting each family.