The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs began construction on the State Veterans Cemetery at Medical Lake in 2009. The $8 million project was a partnership between the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal VA Cemetery Construction Grant Program. This Federal Grant paid 100% of the construction costs and provided for the initial purchase of equipment. The State of Washington was responsible for the initial purchase of the land. Funds from the purchase of Armed Forces License Plates pay for the maintenance and operation of the State Veterans Cemetery. Veterans, active duty, guard, reserve and their family members are eligible to purchase a plate at any vehicle licensing office.
About The Cemetery
The Administrative Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and closed on state holidays. An information kiosk, located in the Administration Building, contains an electronic grave locator allowing family and friends to easily locate the gravesite of their loved one.
The Cemetery is open for public visitation from 8:00 a.m. to sunset, 7 days a week.
Volunteers and Donations
There are many opportunities for individuals to volunteer their time or resources at the State Veterans Cemetery.
- Honor Guard Rifle Team
- Cemetery Ambassadors
- Cortege Leaders
- Avenue of Flags
- Memorials and Benches