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Vermont honors its veterans at memorial cemetery

VERMONT — The Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery (VVMC) in Randolph Center performs more burials a year than any other cemetery in the state.

It is a beautiful location, 487 Furnace Rd., that honors the service of veterans by providing them perpetual recognition. The cemetery isn’t just for veterans, though, as veterans’ spouses and some dependents are also eligible for burial.

You can get an application online at tinyurl.com/VtVetsCemeteryApp.

Please call us at (802) 828-3379 for more detailed information.

ELIGIBILITY

Burial in the VVMC is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active-duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. National Guard and Reserve members with 20 years of service (retirement letter) are also eligible. The Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA) will determine eligibility using the veteran’s DD214 discharge record or retirement letter.

COST

There is no cost for the veteran to be buried in the government issued marker sections of the cemetery. There is an opening/closing fee for a spouse or minor child. Please contact the OVA for current fees. These fees may be paid to the VVMC in advance.

CAPACITY

The VVMC has a large capacity for future interments. There are 110 acres at the VVMC. The 12-acre expansion funded by the National Cemetery Administration at the VVMC, includes a new 1,230-square-foot Public Information Center, a new 2,652-square-foot maintenance facility, new burial plots to include 410 pre-placed crypts for in-ground casket burials, 390 in-ground cremains plots, and 840 columbarium niches, for a total of 1,640 additional burial plots. This new expansion will allow year-round operations at the VVMC.

The expansion was done within the guidelines of the National Cemetery Administration. Those guidelines do not include a safe way for numerous cars to park at the graveside, or for groups of people to walk to these expansion sites (Sections H, I and J). The VVMC currently has 30 acres out of a total of 110 acres developed into burial grounds. This expansion, coupled with the new master plan, will ensure that the VVMC will be active for the next 100 years.

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