There is no charge for the headstone or marker itself from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), however, Serenity Memorial Gardens will place the marker or headstone at the veterans' resting site within our facilities for a setting or placement fee.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death. For eligible veterans that died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, VA may also provide a headstone or marker for graves that are already marked with a private headstone or marker. When the grave is already marked, applicants will have the option to apply for either a traditional headstone or marker or a new device (available spring 2009).
Contact the Cemetery for help filling out the form and to know which monument type is allowed in your specific area.
Serenity Memorial Gardens requires flat markers in granite and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble to be ordered from the VA. These styles are consistent with existing monuments at our site. Niche markers can be used to mark the columbarium for the inurnment of cremated remains.
Please note that spouses and dependents are not eligible for a Government-furnished headstone or marker unless they are buried in a national cemetery, state veteran's cemetery, or military post/base cemetery.
Important Notice - New Law Concerning Eligibility for Headstones and Markers