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About BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery

BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery is committed to providing Veterans and their eligible family members with a final resting place in a state shrine that commemorates their service to our Nation. We will treat their families, visitors and each other with dignity, respect and compassion while maintaining these hallowed grounds in a manner befitting the sacrifices of all those who rest here.

At the Time of Need

Military Honors
Full military honors may be arranged for Medal of Honor recipients and a service member who dies while on active duty.

For honorably discharged veterans, honors are limited to 2 military representatives who will represent the veteran’s service branch at the funeral and present the flag to the designated recipient. Taps will be electronically played.

Military honors are arranged by the funeral director.

Only uniformed service members or former service members are entitled to military honors.

Burial Flags
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issues over 400,000 American flags for deceased veterans annually. Most veterans are eligible for a burial flag. Reservists entitled to retired pay are also eligible to receive a burial flag. Only one burial flag may be provided per veteran at the time of need.

When not provided by the funeral director, a burial flag may be obtained from any VA regional office and most U.S. post offices by completing VA Form 2008. Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes, and submitting it with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers at any of these locations.

Headstones
The Government will provide, at no cost to the next of kin, flat bronze markers on granite bases. These are ordered by the cemetery staff, not the funeral home or the next of kin.

Grave liners
A grave liner is a concrete container within a grave site in which the casket is placed. It is provided at no cost and is used to reduce the amount of grave sinkage subsequent to the interment. Grave liners are neither sealed nor water tight.

After the Time of Need

Locating a Grave site
To locate the grave site of a friend or relative at Doyle Veterans Cemetery call (609) 738-2400 or visit the Administration Office or the Public Information Center. The office is open Monday through Friday except State Holidays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is also an electronic grave locator and a locator book near the public restrooms.

Additionally, you can visit the Nationwide Gravesite Locator, maintained by the federal department of Veterans Affairs. Here you search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veteran’s cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.

Grave site Maintenance
Great care is given to maintain Doyle Cemetery as befits a shrine honoring our Nation’s service members. Graves are filled and leveled after each burial. Grave sections are seeded or sodded in the Spring and Fall seasons. As soil settles sinkage may occur especially during the first year after burial. Every effort is made to restore a grave site as rapidly as possible, however, this may take longer than expected during times of adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rains and harsh winter months.

Eligibility For Interment
Criteria
Eligible veterans are those whose last active service ended under other than dishonorable or undesirable conditions. Also eligible are:

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard) who die while on active duty
Any member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces (Army National Guard, Air National Guard or the Reserve Officers Training Corps of the Army, Navy and Air Force) who dies under honorable conditions while on active duty for training or performing full-time service
Any member of a reserve component who has attained 20 years of service creditable for retired pay
Certain World War II Merchant Marines and others who have attained veterans status
The veteran or service member must have established legal residence in New Jersey prior to death or have been a legal resident of the state for at least 50 percent of his or her lifetime.

Eligible dependents include the veteran’s spouse, unmarried children under the age of 21 (23, if they are in college) and unmarried adult children who become incapable of self-support before reaching the age of 21 because of mental or physical impairment.

The widow or widower of a member of the Armed Forces lost or buried at sea or officially determined missing in action or a member of the Armed Forces buried in a U.S. military cemetery overseas maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission is also eligible.

To minimize confusion and delays at the time of need, pre-registration may be accomplished in person at the cemetery or any Veterans’ Service office. The application may also be submitted to the cemetery through U.S Mail or fax.

Although the cemetery will assist in every way possible, establishing eligibility is the responsibility of those requesting the burial and must be established before burial is permitted.

Requests for burial in the cemetery may be made at the time of death through any funeral director. The request should be accompanied by proof of the veteran’s honorable military service and legal residence in New Jersey. The funeral director will then contact the cemetery. Requests for interment of cremated remains may be made by the family directly to the cemetery.

Eligibility

Criteria
Eligible veterans are those whose last active service ended under other than dishonorable or undesirable conditions. Also eligible are:

  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard) who die while on active duty
  • Any member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces (Army National Guard, Air National Guard or the Reserve Officers Training Corps of the Army, Navy and Air Force) who dies under honorable conditions while on active duty for training or performing full-time service
  • Any member of a reserve component who has attained 20 years of service creditable for retired pay
  • Certain World War II Merchant Marines and others who have attained veterans status

The veteran or service member must have established legal residence in New Jersey prior to death or have been a legal resident of the state for at least 50 percent of his or her lifetime.

Eligible dependents include the veteran’s spouse, unmarried children under the age of 21 (23, if they are in college) and unmarried adult children who become incapable of self-support before reaching the age of 21 because of mental or physical impairment.

The widow or widower of a member of the Armed Forces lost or buried at sea or officially determined missing in action or a member of the Armed Forces buried in a U.S. military cemetery overseas maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission is also eligible.

To minimize confusion and delays at the time of need, pre-registration may be accomplished in person at the cemetery or any Veterans’ Service office. The application may also be submitted to the cemetery through U.S Mail or fax.

Although the cemetery will assist in every way possible, establishing eligibility is the responsibility of those requesting the burial and must be established before burial is permitted.

Requests for burial in the cemetery may be made at the time of death through any funeral director. The request should be accompanied by proof of the veteran’s honorable military service and legal residence in New Jersey. The funeral director will then contact the cemetery. Requests for interment of cremated remains may be made by the family directly to the cemetery.

Requesting an Exception to Burial Eligibility Policies
Requests for exceptions to burial eligibility policies will not be considered until the death of the individual. A letter requesting an exception should be mailed or faxed to the Superintendent.

The letter should include the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Reason(s) why the request should be favorably considered for an exception to the burial eligibility policy
  • All relevant information regarding military service or special service to the Nation
  • All documentation of military service such as DD Form 214, award certificates, orders, etc
  • If interment is to be in the same grave with an immediate family member already buried at Doyle Cemetery, include that decedent’s full name, burial location and relationship
  • A point of contact with daytime and evening phone numbers

Decisions are generally provided by telephone within 24 to 48 hours after receipt of the request.

Burden of Proof
The decedent’s next of kin or representative is responsible for providing the necessary documentation to verify eligibility for interment at Doyle Cemetery. The cemetery staff may offer assistance in verifying eligibility at the time of need. Verification by the cemetery staff may take up to five business days if the family does not have the necessary documentation.

The following documents may be used to establish eligibility:

  • DD Form 214 (all branches used this form starting in the 1950s)
  • WD AGO Form 53, 53-55 or 53-98 (Army)
  • NAVPERS Form 553 (Navy) or NAVMC Form 553 (Marines used during the 1940s)

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BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
350 Provinceline Road
Wrightstown, NJ 08562