Fort Devens Post Cemetery
Fort Devens Post Cemetery
Open daily from dawn to dusk.
This cemetery has space available for cremated remains. We may be able to accommodate casketed remains in the same gravesite of previously interred family members.
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
A Veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran.
Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial.
» Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery
From I-90 W follow I-90 W and I-95 N to MA-2 in Lexington. Take exit 29B from I-95N to merge onto MA-2 W toward Acton/Fitchburg. MA-2 W to Jackson Rd in Worcester County. Take exit 37B to merge onto Jackson Rd to Fort Devens Post Cemetery.
Fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.
For information on scheduled burials in our national cemeteries, please go to the Daily Burial Schedule.
The National Cemetery Administration operates and is responsible for providing burial services to eligible veterans and family members for Fort Devens Post Cemetery. The 3.5-acre cemetery is located in Devens, Massachusetts within the Southwest corner of Devens Reserve Forces Training Area, formerly known as Fort Devens Army Base. The Department of the Army transferred the post cemetery to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on August 21, 2020.
Contact numbers for military honors for the Massachusetts area:
U.S. Army - (339) 202-3177
U.S. Navy - (860) 694-3475
U.S. Marine Corps - (866) 826-3628
U.S. Air Force - (781) 225-6558
U.S. Coast Guard - (617) 990-6249
For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.
Cemetery policies are conspicuously posted and readily visible to the public.
Floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the completed grave. Natural cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time of the year. They will be removed when they become unsightly or when it becomes necessary to facilitate cemetery operations such as mowing. Water will be available at outside faucets from May 15 to September 1.
Artificial flowers will be permitted on graves from October 10 through April 15 and may be removed when their presence interferes with grounds maintenance. Artificial floral arrangements may be placed on gravesites five days before and after Memorial Day.
Wreaths and grave blankets are allowable during December and January. Grave blankets must be no larger than 2 feet by 3 feet.
VA regulations 38 CFR 1.218 prohibit the carrying of firearms (either openly or concealed), explosives or other dangerous or deadly weapons while on VA property, except for official purposes, such as military funeral honors.
Possession of firearms on any property under the charge and control of VA is prohibited. Offenders may be subject to a fine, removal from the premises, or arrest.
The Fort Devens Post Cemetery, when it was originally established on the grounds of Camp Devens in 1931, was originally called the Malvern Hill Cemetery. Since that time, the Fort Devens Cemetery (present location established 1938) has developed a rich and colorful history. Its past provides a glimpse into the life and times of soldiers who fought in six of America’s wars – the War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
We are developing content for this section.
We are developing educational content for this national cemetery, and will post new materials as they become available. Visit the Veterans Legacy Program and NCA History Program for additional information. Thank you for your interest.