Joe Larson - Cemetery Administrator
1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Toll Free: 888-952-4700
Photo provided by Ty Holland
If you are looking for the National Cemetery
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
23029 North Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85024
The Southern Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday 0800 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. SAVMC administrative operations is closed on weekends, and state holidays.
The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services has established the cemetery on approximately 145 acres of land which was previously part of Ft. Huachuca Military Reservation. The cemetery entrance is south of Fry Boulevard on Buffalo Solder Trail. The state veterans’ cemetery has been made possible by a grant from the VA State Cemetery Grant Service in the amount of $7.7 million for construction and equipment.
The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery was held October 1, 2001 and construction started the next day. The cemetery dedication was held on October 26th; interments began on Dec 3rd.
The beautification projects for the veteran's cemetery is sponsored by the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery Foundation by donations.
Any veteran who has an other than dishonorable discharge is eligible for burial in the SAVMC. Spouses and certain dependents are also eligible for burial. There is no charge for interment for veterans and a one time nominal fee of $300 for eligible spouses and dependents. Veterans may choose:
1. A columbaria niche (which includes an inscribed granite niche marker) or
2. A full-casket, in-ground burial (which includes an inscribed upright grave marker and a single or double concrete crypt liner).
3. Memorial bronze markers, for individuals or groups, are furnished for eligible deceased active duty service members and Veterans whose remains are not recovered or identified, are buried at sea, donated to science or whose cremated remains have been scattered.
Applications for burial are available at the cemetery; most funeral homes in Arizona also have copies of the application.
If you would like to Pre-register your eligibility for the SAVMC, please fill out the Interment Application below and submit with a copy of your Veterans Discharge paperwork. Mail it to:
1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Attention: Pre Registration
The wreath laying is now held annually on the second Saturday of December. December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the US Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day”. Wreaths Across America would not be successful without the help of the volunteers, many active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industry.
To sponsor a wreath to the SAVMC, go to he SAVMC Foundation website www.savmcf.org.
VA Work Study Program
The Arizona Department of Veterans' Services has VA Work Study program vacancies in the Sierra Vista area. Earn while you learn! For more information about this program please call 520-458-7144 or go to https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/21/~/what-is-the-work-study-program-and-who-is-eligible%3F