Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Chapel Renovation Update
The cemetery remains open to family and friends of interred veterans. Please exercise additional caution when entering from Howlett Hill Road. Refer to this page for periodic status updates of the renovation process.
Rough demolition of the interior is complete. Plumbing and electrical work has begun. The concrete slab for the chapel addition, and the pilings for the maintenance awning as well as excavation for plumbing and electrical are currently being worked on.
Chapel renovation has begun with removal of doors, and excavation of the covered entry between the chapel and the office.
Formally dedicated on May 30, 1987, the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery honors Onondaga County residents and family members who dedicated portions of their lives to the military and defense of our nation. Since the first burial of decorated World War II Navy veteran Leo McInerney on June 11, 1986, the cemetery has performed services for more than 5,000 service members from the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force, including visionary Onondaga County Legislators Jack Haley and Jim Salanger as well as legendary paratrooper/Syracuse University football coach Ben Schwartzwalder.
The 52 acre Veterans Cemetery grounds have been enhanced by additions of a Memorial Garden (1998) and enlarged Chapel (2000), with recent expansion necessary to provide a fitting final resting place for veterans today and those who will serve in the future.
Click here for more information about the annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
All honorably discharged veterans of military service are eligible for interment in the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Veteran status must be documented.
Veterans must be or have been a resident of Onondaga County. If not a current resident, verification of prior residency of at least five years is required.
The legal spouse of the veteran is eligible with documentation verifying marriage. If the spouse is also a veteran, he or she is entitled to a separate and adjacent plot.
Dependent children of the veteran – under the age of 18 – or children with a mental or physical disability that was evident prior to age 18, are eligible. In all cases, the Onondaga County Veterans Service Agency will be responsible for determining eligibility and for maintaining appropriate records.
All committals are performed at the cemetery chapel. Operation of the Veterans Cemetery, including burials, plot assignments, burial records and care of the grounds is the responsibility of Onondaga County Parks.
- The Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery is open year-round from dawn to dusk for visitation.
- “Taps” is played nightly at dusk.
- Cemetery staff is on duty Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- Burials may be scheduled by calling the cemetery staff at (315) 484-1564.
In keeping with the historic and reverent nature of this facility, the following cemetery policies are in effect. Our goal is to provide and maintain a facility of respect and dignity for the men and women of the military and their families.
Floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed at completed grave, and then removed when they become unsightly.
Grave adornments are limited to:
• Fresh cut flowers in containers provided at the water spigots may be placed at any time. They will be removed when they become unsightly.
• Potted plants in a maximum size 12” pot may be placed at the graves between April 15 and November 15.
• Artificial arrangements which meet standards may be placed at the grave at any time.
Individual American Flags will be placed on each grave two days before Memorial Day and will be removed 5 days after the holiday.
Seasonal decorations (Christmas/Easter/Memorial Day) will be removed ten days after the respective holidays.
Gravestones for veterans are provided by the Veterans Administration. Markers for dependent children and spouses are provided by the family and must conform to cemetery standards (4" x 12" x 24" Barre Granite; steeled- not polished- finish; with military lettering). Upright markers are not permitted. Formats for gravestones are available in the cemetery office.
Cemetery visitation during daylight hours only
For more information, visit the Veterans Service Agency website. Application for purchasing of a Right - To - Burial may be made by contacting the Onondaga County Veterans Service Agency in the John H. Mulroy Civic Center at (315) 435-3355.
- Indian Hill Memorial in Pompey features a 1917 stone monument honoring what was purported to be the first Catholic mass in New York State
- Hoppers Glen Memorial Park on West Seneca Turnpike contains graves of War of 1812 Captains Benjamin Branch and Henry Crouch
- Butterfly Garden for Hope along the Onondaga Lake Parkway is a beautiful memorial created and maintained by Hope for Bereaved volunteers. This is a popular spot for wedding ceremonies and photos. For more information, contact Hope for Bereaved.
During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.