Burial Arrangements

The deceased veteran's next-of-kin or the family's funeral director should make arrangements directly with the North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery Director or another Cemetery Representative.

Before the burial can take place, cemetery staff must verify the veteran's eligibility. To enable staff to do this, the next of kin or funeral director must provide the Director or Cemetery Representative with a copy of the veteran's military discharge papers, or the veteran's military service number, social security number or VA claim numbers. There is no charge for interment for veterans or their eligible spouses and dependents.

Gravesite reservations cannot be made in advance

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Honor Guard & Clergy

The local military honor guards are comprised of a combination of active duty and full-time reserve members who provide military honors to all veterans buried at North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Funeral Directors or family members must call to schedule honors:

  • US Air Force (228) 377-1986
  • US Army (888) 474-0377
  • US Marines (866) 826-3628
  • US Navy (904) 542-9807
  • US Coast Guard (504) 628-5270

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Markers & Inscriptions

Immediately after the interment each gravesite is marked with a temporary grave marker. Within five days, the permanent marker is electronically ordered based on information provided by the family on the interment application. Delivery and installation of the marker is normally completed within ninety (90) days.

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Medal of Honor Recipients

None at this time

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Cemetery Procedures

The North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery serves as a NATIONAL SHRINE and therefore, procedures have been designed to ensure its beauty, dignity, and reverent atmosphere are preserved. Please adhere to the following while on the cemetery grounds.

  1. State cemeteries are shrines for those who served and gave their lives for the United States of America. This is an honor that has been accorded to national and state cemeteries by the Congress of the United States in Public Law 93-43, The National Cemeteries Act.
  2. In keeping with the honor bestowed by Congress, it is considered fitting and appropriate that visitors refrain from any conduct or activity that is unbecoming to the final resting place of our Nation's heroes. Accordingly, no visitors will be permitted to:
    1. Litter the grounds.
    2. Cut, break of injure trees, shrubs, grass or other plantings
    3. Use the cemetery for any form of sports or recreation, to include but not limited to jogging, skating, and bicycling.
    4. Use the cemetery as a picnic ground
    5. Allow pets to run loose; or
    6. Otherwise engage in any other demeaning activity or boisterous actions.

Because of the unique nature of the cemetery and the large number of burials per year (approx. 500) we have established some procedures and policies that do not normally exists at private or public cemeteries. Your understanding of these issues is an important consideration as you make interment arrangements.

Place all flowers according to the floral policy.

Please discuss specific questions with the cemetery director or your funeral director.

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Floral/Grounds Policy

Place all flowers according to the cemetery's floral policy: The placement of floral items on graves other than on the day of internment is subject to the following conditions.

  1. Fresh cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time.
  2. Flowers will be removed from graves and disposed of by cemetery personnel when they become withered, faded or otherwise unsightly.
  3. Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects of any kind and similar commemorative items are not permitted on graves any time. These and other hazardous objects will be removed by cemetery personnel whenever found on a grave.
  4. Artificial flowers and potted plants will be permitted on graves during the period of October 10 through April 15. In areas where the growing season extends generally the year round, artificial flowers and potted plants will be permitted on graves 10 days before through 10 days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day.
  5. During the Christmas Season, Christmas wreaths, grave floral blankets and other such floral arrangements will be permitted commencing December 1 and allowed to remain on the grave through January 20 of each year. Grave floral blankets may not be larger in size than 2 feet by 3 feet.
  6. Floral items and other types of decorations will not be secured to the headstones or markers. They may be secured to spikes or rods driven into the ground.
  7. In order to remain responsive to the public, artificial flowers and other commemorative or religious items that are placed on graves in violation will be collected by cemetery personnel and placed in an inconspicuous holding area. Such items will be held for a period of 1 month prior to disposal. Within that month period, assistance will be given to families for retrieval of the tributes, if requested.
  8. Florists will not be permitted to deliver flowers to a grave and leave them thereon without removing and taking away all boxes, wrapping paper or other packaging materials.
  9. Floral regulations will be conspicuously posted on signs throughout the cemetery.
  10. Request for exceptions to the above floral regulations will be submitted to the Cemetery Director together with justification.

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Cemetery Layout

Click to view and print the full-size map.
Cemetery Map

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General Information

The North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery (NMVMC) was made possible by a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the State of Mississippi, authorizing the State to operate and maintain the Veterans Cemetery. Our first interment occurred August 21, 2017.

Please Note: While we look forward to serving veteran's internment needs, Reservations are not accepted. Interment is on a first come, first served basis.

To Schedule a Burial

You should go through your funeral home with whom you made arrangements. The funeral home will contact the cemetery and make arrangements for scheduling the interment.

Military Funeral Honors

The local military honor groups are comprised of a combination of active duty and full-time reserve members who provide military honors to all veterans buried at the North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The Funeral Directors will make arrangements with the military honor groups per the request of the family's.

Special Events

  • Memorial Day (May) - Small flags will be placed on graves by designated personnel one day before Memorial Day and removed one day thereafter. Flag standards will not be permitted at any time.
  • Veterans Day (November)
  • Wreaths Across America (December).

    Please contact the office for dates.

General Information Kiosk

Located outside the Administration Building, the Information Kiosk is available during visitation hours. The Kiosk contains the names of veterans and their eligible dependents buried at the cemetery. The Kiosk will generate a printed map with the name of the interred and his or her grave location.

Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please contact office for holiday closings.

Visitation Hours:

Open daily from dawn until dusk.

Address

North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery
2 Legion Road
Kilmichael, MS 39747
Phone: 662.262.4232
Fax: 662.262.4241

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Historical Information

The North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located in Montgomery County in the Town of Kilmichael.

The cemetery was established in 2015 and dedicated on August 16, 2017. The first burial was held on August 21, 2017.

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Burial Benefits

Burial in the North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery is open to all members of the Armed Forces and Veterans who have met the minimum service duty requirements and have been discharged under honorable conditions. Their spouse, widow or widower, minor children and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children are also eligible for burial. The veteran's eligible spouse may be buried even if he or she should predecease the veteran. Members of reserve components of the Armed Forces who die while on active duty, or while performing training duty, or who have 20 years of service in reserve components of the Armed Forces creditable toward retirement pay may also be eligible for burial.

We provide the following services for our eligible veterans, spouses and dependent (if eligible).

  • Opening and closing of the gravesite
  • Furnished grave or columbarium space
  • Grave Liner
  • User of Committal Shelter for services
  • Supply and installation of suitable headstones or markers
  • Perpetual care for the entire facility

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Committal Services

All services are held at the committal shelter rather than at the gravesite. This ensures the family's safety and provides a fitting location for military honors to be rendered. The date and time of committal services are scheduled once eligibility has been determined.

Committal Service Photo

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