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.
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:
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
How to apply
To simplify the process for the veteran’s next-of-kin, the following documents should be set aside to be available at the time of need:
- An application by either the veteran or next-of-kin
- All Military discharge papers (DD214)
- Birth certificate(s) or Driver's License/State ID
- Marriage certificate (if applicable)
- Proof of residency (required if discharge papers do not show “home of record” as a Massachusetts resident.)
- Death certificate
At the time of need, these documents should be forwarded to one of the Massachusetts Veterans’ Cemeteries for approval (see addresses below.)
- Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at Agawam
1390 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001
- Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at Winchendon
111 Glenallen Street
Winchendon, MA 01475