MDVA is committed to providing dignified and compassionate burial options for Veterans, often one of the only benefits they request. MDVA currently operates three State Veterans Cemeteries in Little Falls, Preston and Duluth. A fourth location is planned for Redwood Falls.
Minnesota’s State Veterans Cemeteries complement those provided by the National Cemetery Administration. In addition to our State Veterans Cemeteries, services available to eligible Veterans and spouses include Military Funeral Honors, Grave Markers, Presidential Memorial Certificates, the Nationwide Gravesite Locator, and a list of State of Minnesota Memorials.
The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Duluth is the third State Veterans Cemetery, built after Little Falls and Preston. The first Veteran was laid to rest in Duluth's State Veterans cemetery on Veterans Day, November 11, 2018.
General Donations can be made to the State Veterans Cemetery to be spent for the general needs of the specific location. All General Donations will both positively and directly impact either the appearance of facilities, grounds, or operations ensuring families have access to a warm, welcome environment and an aesthetically pleasing and peaceful surrounding for those that proudly served and their families.
Operating and upkeep of the State Cemeteries to Shrine standards and ensuring the locations have a positive visual impact to both families and visitors requires our locations to explore equipment options that will allow us to meet that mission. An Equipment Donation will go directly toward the purchase of mission essential equipment.
The State Veterans Cemeteries hold several events annually. Memorial Day, Wreath Placement and Group Tours are just a few examples of these events. Event Specific Donations would go directly to such events to be utilized per the specific location. Programs, brochures, musical acts, signage, sound equipment, event equipment rental, chairs, and more are just a few example of the items the location may utilize this type of donation for.
Landscape Specific Donations can be made to the State Veterans Cemeteries to be utilized 100% for improvement, repair and replacement of all landscaped areas to include the welcome areas, Committal Shelter, burial sections, native areas and monument areas.
Memorial Donations are utilized exclusively towards the development, design and placement of planned Memorials on site. Specific Memorial Donation request such as Memorial Benches should be directed to the Administration Team (218-520-0121) prior to donation to ensure both the need exists based on current space available, and to discuss specifics such as cost, design, etc.