Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs

BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery

"Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure." - Abraham Lincoln

 

COVID-19 Notices


Effective March 30, 2020

As part of the National Cemetery Administration’s on-going effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our employees conducting interments, NCA national cemeteries will not accept floral arrangements with direct interments. 

This change (not accepting floral arrangements associated with direct burials) eliminates the need for our cemetery staff members or contractors to handle fresh floral arrangements at the time of interment.  Families or funeral homes may place floral arrangements at the end of the internment day (after 4:30 pm) or any time thereafter.  Families and other visitors may continue to place floral arrangements at gravesites and columbaria in accordance with our floral policy.

This change will be in effect until further notice. 


Effective March 23, 2020

The BGWC Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery will continue to provide interments for veterans and eligible individuals. However, we have adjusted our services in light of the best practices urged by the CDC, State of New Jersey and DMAVA Department Leadership in response to the State of Emergency and the COVID-19 crisis.

To maintain public health and safety, effective March 23, 2020, committal services and the rendering of military funeral honors (by military personnel or volunteer organizations) will be suspended until further notice. We will work to schedule committal services at a later date for those families that choose to continue with direct interment.

Please be advised that our cemetery will remain open to visitors. However, we strongly urge all guests to obey local travel and social distancing restrictions. Visitors to our cemetery should expect that certain portions of the cemetery normally open to the public will be closed (e.g., administration building, public information center and chapel).

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time and hope that you and your family remain safe and healthy.

 


 

Traffic Restriction Notice

New Jersey Natural Gas construction activities will start on or about February 18, 2020.  Provinceline Road traffic restrictions will be in effect on or about February 24, 2020 with one lane of traffic available in the southbound direction (towards Route 537/Monmouth Road). The main entrance will be accessible when driving in this direction only. Please be advised that corteges, processions, family members and cemetery visitors may also utilize the Jacobstown - Arneytown Road entrance. Construction through this area is anticipated to be completed in approximately four months, weather permitting.



Overview


BG William C. Doyle

On May 30, 1986, Governor Thomas H. Kean dedicated New Jersey's first state-operated veterans' cemetery as "a lasting memorial to those men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our country's honor and freedom." On January 3, 1989, the cemetery was named for the principal guiding force behind its development U.S. Army Brigadier General William C. Doyle.

The facility was funded jointly by the state and federal governments and is managed by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. It is open to eligible New Jersey Veterans; residents who are members of the Armed Forces or reserve units on active duty at the time of death; certain dependents and certain merchant marines and civilians who have been awarded veteran's status. Rules and eligibility requirements were established within the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington, D.C.

The cemetery is located in Arneytown, North Hanover Township, Burlington County on Province line Road, which intersects Route 664 to the north of the cemetery and Routes 537 and 528 to the south. Its central location, 15 miles southeast of Trenton, makes it easily accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and Interstates 195 and 295.

The cemetery is a contemporary memorial type with all grave markers flush with ground level. It covers 225 acres and was designed to accommodate 171,000 veterans and their family members.

To provide privacy and protection from the elements for the bereaved, a chapel and committal service shelter are provided. The United States and New Jersey State flags are flown in the front court of the chapel in tribute to all veterans buried in the cemetery.

Professional, compassionate service to the bereaved is the concern of the experienced staff who are ready to provide assistance and comfort to the family in their time of need.

There is no finer tribute or more appropriate final resting-place for New Jersey's valiant heroes than in a cemetery dedicated to them.

As a state shrine, Doyle Cemetery honors the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. Approximately 13 burials occur each business day and the cemetery is visited by thousands of visitors each year.

Last Updated: 04/06/2020
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