Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery at Camp Navajo Awarded $2 Million Grant for Expansion

Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery is located in Bellemont just west of Flagstaff
September 15, 2023

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ.- The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) is pleased to announce that Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery at Camp Navajo (AVMC-Camp Navajo) will continue expansion efforts at the cemetery with a newly awarded $2 million grant by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VA’s Veterans Cemetery Grants Program awarded the State of Arizona $1,910,246 which will be used to fund the installation of pre-placed crypts, construction of a cremains burial area, landscaping and irrigation, and supporting infrastructure at AVMC-Camp Navajo located about 12 miles west of Flagstaff off I-40.

“Our military service members preserve the everyday freedoms each of us enjoy, and that patriotism must never be forgotten. This award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will allow more families to properly honor their lost loved ones in a space that will respect the impact their service had on our state,” said Governor Katie Hobbs.

The grant will allow the AVMC-Camp Navajo team to continue to honor the service and sacrifice of Veterans and their families with appreciation and gratitude.

"We are grateful for our partnership with the VA to expand the capabilities of our Veterans' Cemetery at Camp Navajo to ensure that all Veterans and their families are provided a dignified interment with all due honors befitting our nation's heroes and the families that support them," said ADVS Director Dana Allmond.

The expansion project will include 340 pre-placed crypts and nearly 600 cremains gravesites, allowing for more in-ground interments. The grant also helps lower the cost for Veterans’ families as it allows the cemetery to continue providing free interments for Veterans and a small fee for spouses.

“This grant will help us help serve more Veterans and their families in Northern Arizona. Being awarded this grant is big for Arizona and our State Cemeteries,” said Camp Navajo Cemetery Administrator Judy Dillman. 

The proposed expansion is expected to be completed in winter 2024.