Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery located in Wrightstown is the only New Jersey state-operated veterans' cemetery. Burial is free to those who are eligible and includes:
- Burial plot and grave liner.
- Interment service.
- Use of the chapel.
- U.S. bronze grave marker and granite base.
- Maintenance in perpetuity.
Burial requests must be made at the time of death through the funeral director. Families can contact the cemetery office directly about interring cremated remains. Although not required, veterans can preregister their intent to be interred at the cemetery or at any state veterans service office.
Those eligible for burial must have lived in New Jersey at least half their lives and at death were:
- Military members on active duty.
- Honorably discharged retirees and veterans.
- Reservists with 20 years service creditable to retired pay.
- Reservists who died from injuries incurred while on active duty or training.
- Legal spouses of the above.
- Unmarried children of the above under the age of 21 (23 if in educational institution or mentally or physically handicapped).
All applicants will have to supply a Proof of Service. This includes original or certified copy of the veteran's separation or discharge papers (called DD214 or WD Form 53 for World War II veterans, or valid letter of "Notification of Eligibility for Retired Pay at Age Sixty" provided by the Reserve Component Command) and proof of legal residence (driver's license; phone bills; continuous voting record and; records of personal and/or property tax payments).
For more information, contact 609.758.7250 or visit www.state.nj.us/military/cemetery/index.html.
Burial at Arlington National Cemetery
Burial space at Arlington National Cemetery is restricted to those who were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces and:
- Died on active duty.
- Served 20 years or more on active duty or active reserve duty which qualified them for retirement pay either upon retirement or at age 60 and those retired for a disability.
- Honorably discharged with 30 percent or more disability before October 1, 1949.
- Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star or Purple Heart recipients.
- The spouse, unmarried child (under 21; under 23 if student) or an unmarried adult child of any of the above.
- Under certain conditions, a veteran who is the parent, brother, sister or child of an eligible person already interred. Interment must be in the same grave as the primary eligible.
Arlington also has a columbarium for the cremated remains of any honorably discharged veteran, their spouse and/or dependent children.
For more information, call Arlington National Cemetery at 1.877.907.8585 or visit www.arlingtoncemetery.mil.
Burial in Other National Veterans Cemeteries
There are other national veterans cemeteries in the U.S. in addition to Arlington. Only two are located in New Jersey.
Finns Point National Cemetery in Salem, N.J. is open to the burial of cremated remains. May accommodate casketed remains in same grave as previously interred family member. Call 609. 877.5460 or 609.880.0827.
Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, N.J. is closed to new interments, however, space may be available in same gravesite of previously interred family member. Call 609.880.0827.
Those eligible for burial in national veterans cemeteries include:
- Military members who die on active duty.
- Honorably discharged retirees, veterans who served at least 24 months after 9/7/80 for enlisted personnel and after 10/16/81 for officers.
- Reservists over 60 who collect reservist pensions, or would have if they had lived to age 60.
- Reservists who died due to injuries incurred while on active duty or training.
- Legal spouses.
- Unmarried children under age 21 (23 if in school); any age if mentally or physically handicapped.
Dishonorably discharged veterans or those found guilty of capital crimes or subversive activities, divorced spouses of veterans and other family members not listed here are ineligible.
For a complete list of all national veterans cemeteries, visit www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/listcem.asp.