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 may be contacted 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. We understand that some families may prefer to proceed with a direct interment of their loved one and schedule a larger, more formal, committal service 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 at a later time.
Hours of Operation and Contact Information
The Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery is open to the public for visitation every day during daylight hours, including weekends and holidays.
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 (757) 255-7217 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 (757) 255-7217 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 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, which will provide you with the contact number for the “duty scheduler” for that Saturday.
Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery
5310 Milners Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
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 (757) 255-7217.
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 time of application.
Outer Burial Containers
Outer burial containers are required for in-ground casketed burials at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial 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 Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial 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.
A group of local and interested friends have joined together to form the Horton Wreath Society. The goal of the group, which meets monthly, is to raise enough donated funds each year to purchase a live wreath for each gravesite at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. We appreciate your support and help, and hope to continue this honor in coming years.
We hope you will consider making a contribution toward the recognition of our veterans. Please make contributions to the Horton Wreath Society, and mail to Horton HWS, P.O. Box 6246, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-0246
If donations are not sufficient to place a wreath on every gravesite, wreaths will be placed in garden sections on a rotational basis.
For more information, click here.
Every year, the Albert G. Horton Junior Cemetery in Suffolk pays tribute to veterans with this project. Volunteers placed 8,000 wreaths in 2017.
Drone 10 flew over the cemetery and captured some incredible images of this beautiful tribute. Click here to view the video.
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, Mother’s Day, and Independence Day, 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 .
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