Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemeteries

The first Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery opened in Agawam May 2001 and the second in Winchendon opened November 2004. The state Veterans' Memorial Cemeteries serve the Commonwealth's veterans and their families.

There is no fee for a veteran's burial in state veterans' memorial cemeteries. A nominal fee will be charged for the burial of spouses, widows/widowers, and qualified dependents.

Services, burial types, and fees are summarized on a PDF cemetery brochure pdf format of    cemetery_brochure.pdf  .

Eligibility for Veterans

Eligibility for veteran's interment at the state cemeteries is based on military service and Massachusetts residency. Veterans whose military service and state residency meet the following requirements may be eligible:

Military Service

  • The veteran was discharged or released from active duty service (other than for training purposes) under honorable conditions. Certain exceptions do apply. A copy of the DD214 or other detailed military discharge documentation must be provided. OR
  • The veteran served at least 20 years in the National Guard or United States Reserves and is in receipt of a military pension or has documentation verifying he/she will receive retirement pay at age 60, in accordance with Title 10, Chapter 1223. A copy of Title 10 letter and all other documentation must be provided. OR
  • Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies on active duty and whose home of record is Massachusetts.

Residency

  • "Home of Record at the time of entry into active service" on DD214 is Massachusetts. OR
  • If "Home of Record at the time of entry into active service " is not listed or veteran entered military service from a state other than Massachusetts proof of Massachusetts residency for at least one day after discharge is required. Acceptable documentation includes a photocopy of Massachusetts driver's license or original letter from city/town clerk verifying residency. OR
  • The veteran was a resident of Massachusetts at the time of his/her death.

Marriage

Veteran and spouse must be legally married. A former spouse of an eligible veteran whose marriage to that veteran has been terminated by annulment or divorce is not eligible. If spouse is also a veteran, a completed application must be submitted for the spouse at this time.

Dependent Children

  • Deceased unmarried minor child, under 21 years of age, or 23 if pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution. Separate "Dependent Child Application for Interment Registration" must be submitted.
  • Unmarried adult child incapable of self-support with physical or mental disability acquired before age 21, or 23 if pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution, and is totally dependent upon the eligible veteran for support. Letter from the Child's doctor or court documentation stating that child is totally dependent on veteran for support, type of disability and at what age it was acquired is required and must accompany the application. Copy of full, long form birth certificate required. Separate "Dependent Child Application for Interment Registration" must be submitted.

Required Documents

  • Pre-registration application
  • All Military discharge papers (DD214)
  • Birth certificate(s) or Driver's License/State ID
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Residency certificate (if applicable)
  • Death certificate

Contact

William Walls, Director
413-821-9500

Agawam

Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery
1390 Main St.
Agawam, MA 01001
413-821-9500
fax: 413-821-9839

Winchendon

Jim Brehio, Manager
Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery
111 Glenallen St.
Winchendon, MA 01475
978-297-9501
fax: 978-297-4271