New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Cemetery Advisory Council


The legislature established the New Jersey Veterans' Memorial Cemetery Advisory Council-Arneytown in the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The Council shall recommend standards and procedures for application and determination of eligibility for interment in the veterans cemetery, advise the Adjutant General regarding operating policies and procedures as they apply to veterans' family members, funeral directors, and the relationship of the veterans cemetery with other veterans facilities.


The Council shall be composed of 7 members appointed by the Adjutant General with the approval of the Governor. All members must be veterans. The adjutant General designates a Chair from among the members. Members serve for terms of 3 years. Vacancies are filled for the un-expired term.

Council Members

  • Bob Cirkus, Chairman
  • Stephen Anderson, Vice Chairman
  • Frank Kowalski , Treasurer
  • Hank Adams
  • Lou Wargo
  • Bill Rakestraw
  • Don Porter


Organizational meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. with the exception of the month of June-no meeting will be held.

Notice Regarding the Palm Cross Program:

The Cemetery Advisor Council has suspended the Palm Cross Program for the 2016 Season. They are moving to an online computer based ordering system. Please feel free to place your own decoration if you desire or you can use the services of a local florist. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this action.