The Iowa Veterans Cemetery is the first federally funded construction of a state-owned and operated veterans cemetery in the State of Iowa.
The cemetery serves the veteran population throughout the state and around the country, as there is no state residency requirement to be interred in the cemetery. Ultimately, it will provide sufficient burial space for up to 80,000 burials.
The Iowa Veterans Cemetery operates under United States Department of Veterans Affairs operational standards. Eligibility for burial is the same as those for burial at national cemeteries. Basically, that means any veteran separated from the service other than dishonorably, the veteran’s spouse, and eligible dependent children may be interred at the cemetery. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the cemetery for a determination.
There is no charge for the burial of an eligible veteran. Burial options include in ground burial of cremated remains and above ground placement in a columbarium niche (next available -- no pre-selection). A standard government upright granite headstone/niche marker is provided at no cost to an eligible veteran.
There is a $300 interment fee for an eligible spouse and dependent child. An eligible veteran’s spouse or dependent will be interred with (and alongside the veteran in the case of a third burial unless other arrangements are made). Fees collected for burial are placed in a fund used for future physical expansion of the cemetery and infrastructure improvements. Perpetual care of the gravesites and grounds are maintained by cemetery personnel at no cost to the veteran or his/her family.
Iowa Veterans Cemetery schedules services Monday – Friday. There are four service times per day: 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm. Contact the cemetery to see what times may be available on a particular day.
Use this link to learn more about what is included in Des Moines Cremation’s "Honoring Our Veterans" package.
Iowa Veterans Cemetery (at Van Meter)
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA 50003-3300