About the Georgia National Cemetery
Of the 135 national cemeteries across the United States, the Georgia National Cemetery is consistently rated among the top five. All plots, vaults, and headstones, as well as memorial services and perpetual care of burial sites, are free of charge to eligible veterans, their spouses, and their dependent children.
Open from sunrise to sunset each day, the Georgia National Cemetery lies midway between Canton and Cartersville, Georgia, near the Etowah River. Offering views of the North Georgia Mountains and Lake Allatoona, the cemetery was opened on April 24, 2006. As of mid-2018, over 18,000 individuals have been laid to rest there. Among the burial options offered to veterans and their families are casketed gravesites, a columbarium, in-ground burials of cremated remains, and a scattering garden. Click here to view a map of the cemetery. The property on which the cemetery is located was donated by the late philanthropist Scott Hudgens.
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Here is the latest update and agenda for our wreath placement activities at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.
Trucks are currently planned to deliver the fresh wreaths to the cemetery between 6 and 7 AM on December 14. We’ll need people-power to unload the trucks, unbox the wreaths, and stage them at the front of the sections so other volunteers/participants can place each wreath on each grave starting at 11 AM. We welcome shifts of early birds to arrive no later than 7 AM to help unload trucks.
We will assign assistants to the Section Leaders to help them communicate with the visitors at the various sites. The assistants will brief the crowds about wreath repair, etiquette and courtesy just before they begin placement at 11 AM.
We’ll also try to have grave locating capability at each site. We’ll having a separate meeting for these select volunteers at 9:30 AM to prep them for the mission.
At noon we’ll all meet in the Assembly Area for a brief ceremony. It should last no more than 30 minutes. The speaker is Mr. Kevin Miller, the Director of the Georgia Veterans Day Assn..
All of the above is the plan. What actually happens may differ. We have several firsts in the mill this go around.
Wreath clean up will take place on January 11th. This event requires labor to pick up the wreaths from the graves. Please save the date and volunteer with us again, we’ll need everyone to play a part.