State Veteran Cemeteries adjust services to protect public #COVID19ARK

Monday, March 23, 2020 3:08 pm
State Veteran Cemeteries adjust services to protect public #COVID19ARK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


State Cemeteries adjust services to protect public

Both Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) State Cemeteries are open and will continue to provide interments for Veterans and eligible individuals.  ADVA cemeteries are following the VA National Cemetery Administration (NCA) guidelines.  ADVA Cemeteries and the National Cemetery Administration are continuing to adjust services in light of the best practices urged by the CDC in response to the COVID-19 epidemic

As a result, begining today, March 23, 2020, as a matter of public health and safety, committal services and the rendering of military funeral honors, whether by military personnel or volunteer organizations, will not be conducted until further notice at ADVA cemeteries.Immediate family members (limited to no more than 10 individuals) of the deceased may choose to witness the interment if desired. There is no service involved with witnessing an interment. Families will be able to view the interment of their loved one from a safe distance.

We are asking for your assistance in communicating the changes in operations to families that have interments scheduled and contact honors providers to cancel their services. Please contact the ADVA Cemetery where the interment is scheduled as soon as possible if the family wishes to postpone the interment. ADVA Cemeteries will work with the funeral home and families if they wish to schedule a committal or memorial services at a later date, for those families that choose to continue with the direct interment or postpone the interment.

ADVA continues to schedule interments. 

To schedule an interment in North Little Rock call: 501-683-2259.

To schedule an interment in Birdeye call: 1-870-530-3123 or 1-870-519-0816.

Our cemeteries will remain open to visitors, but we strongly urge all guests to obey local travel restrictions and avoid unnecessary travel. Visitors should expect that certain portions of a cemetery typically open to the public may be closed (for example, Administration Office and Maintenance Area) Please contact the local Veterans Cemetery for more information.

As warranted, ADVA will provide updates on the operating status of our cemeteries on our social media pages:

https://www.facebook.com/ASVCNLR/

https://www.facebook.com/arstateveteranscemeterybirdeye/

https://www.facebook.com/ADVAVets/

https://www.instagram.com/ardeptveteranaffairs/

https://twitter.com/ADVA_cares

http://veterans.arkansas.gov/

For more information about the government’s response to COVID-19 please visit: https://www.coronavirus.gov  in Arkansas #COVID19ARK