Bethel Memorial Cemetery

 

The Bethel Memorial Cemetery and Memorial Park is located at 300 Tower Road. Bethel Memorial Cemetery is the largest cemetery operated by the City of Bethel and is home to the community's Veterans Memorial Cemetery and Memorial Park. A portion of the Bethel Memorial Cemetery serves as an honored burial ground to Veterans, their spouses, and dependent children. 

 

How do I make arrangements to be buried at the Bethel Memorial Cemetery? 

At least two business days prior to the planned services contact your City Clerk's Office at 907-543-1384 or email cityclerk@cityofbethel.net to complete the burial permit. The burial permit is needed for the City’s records and will describe what information we need to process the burial. We will also need the contact information of someone who will be our point of contact to coordinate the burial. The City Clerk's Office will then work with the family on organizing the burial site preparation in advance of the services. 

 

Following the completion of the Burial Permit through the City Clerk's Office, the loved ones will be provided the opportunity to meet with a City employee out at the Cemetery to have the burial location identified and to coordinate the site preparation. The City can, when staff time and equipment is available, provide assistance in the site preparation without charge. We ask that loved ones be available at the time of site preparation to assist with the edging of the site. The City is unable to provide assistance for burial site preparation on the weekends, please be sure to coordinate with the City Clerk's Office well in advance of the scheduled burial services to ensure adequate time for coordination. 

 

Burial Permit and Burial Reservation Fees 

Burial Permit $50

Burial Permit are completed following the death of a loved one by contacting the City Clerk's Office. You do not need to come in person to complete the Burial Permit, we can obtain the information over the phone or by email for your convenience. 

 

Burial Reservation $150

A family can reserve up to 10 burial plots at the Bethel Memorial Cemetery. To request a Burial Reservation, contact your City Clerk's Office. Burial permits and reservations are issued on a first come, first serve bases. If a family is interested in obtaining a reservation next to a loved one, it is important they communicate that at the time of burial to ensure space is reserved. 

 

Eligibility Requirements for Internment in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery

The City of Bethel is proud to have the opportunity to provide our Veterans with the option of internment in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery within the Bethel Memorial Cemetery. Internment requirements for the Veterans Memorial Cemetery are provided below. If you  have additional questions, please contact your City Clerk's Office 907-543-1384 or cityclerk@cityofbethel.net. 

 

Verification of Eligibility

The Bethel City of Bethel shall verify eligibility for burial in the Bethel Veterans Memorial Cemetery. A Veterans Service Originations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (907-543-2241, or the State of Alaska VA Regional Offices (1-800-827-1000) can assist in determining eligibility for burial if needed.

 

Eligibility Requirements

The following are internment requirements for the Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

  1. Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies while on active duty.
  2. Any veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Undesirable, bad conduct and any other type of discharge other than honorable may not qualify the individual in The Bethel Veterans Memorial Cemetery.  The veterans discharge papers (i.e. DD Form 214) can verify the veterans discharge status if question. If the veteran does not have or lost their discharge papers a determination made by a VA Regional Office can assist in verifying his or her discharge status.
  3. Any citizen of the United States who, during any war in which the United States has or may be engaged, served in the Armed Forces of any Government allied with the United States during that war, whose last active service was terminated honorably by death or otherwise, and who was a citizen of the United States at the time of entry into such service and at the time of death.
  4. Reservists and National Guard members who served and receive a honorable discharge from service is eligible for Burial in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bethel, (even if they did not serve in or during the war era).
  5. Members of reserve components, and members of the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard, who die while hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the expense of the United States for injury or disease contracted or incurred under honorable conditions while performing training, duty training, or undergoing such hospitalization or treatment during the training period.
  6. Members of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps of the Army, Navy, or Air Force who die under honorable conditions while attending an authorized training camp or on an authorized cruise, while performing authorized travel to or from that camp or cruise, or while hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the expense of the United States for injury or disease contracted or incurred under honorable conditions while engaged in one of those activities.
  7. Members of reserve components who, during a period of active duty for training, were disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty or, during a period of inactive duty training, were disabled or died from an injury or certain cardiovascular disorders incurred or aggravated in line of duty.
  8. A Commissioned Officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (formerly titled the Coast and Geodetic Survey and the Environmental Science Services Administration) on or after July 29,1945.
  9. A Commissioned Officer who served before July 29, 1945, and:
    1. was assigned to an area of immediate military hazard as determined by the Secretary of Defense while in time of war, or in a Presidentially declared national emergency; or,
    2. Served in the Philippine Islands on December 7, 1941, and continuously in such islands thereafter.
  10. A Commissioned Officer of the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service who served on or after July 29, 1945. If the service of the particular Public Health Service Officer falls within the meaning of active duty for training, as defined in section 101(22), title 38, United States Code.
  11.  A Commissioned Officer of the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service who performed prior to July 29, 1945, in time of war or during peace time:
  12. United States Merchant Mariners with oceangoing service during the period of armed conflict, December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946 and the United States Merchant Mariners who served on blockships in support of Operation Mulberry during World War II.  
  13. Any Philippine veteran who was a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States at the time of their death; and
    1. Resided in the United States at the time of their death; and,
    2. Was a person who served before July 1, 1946, in the organized military forces of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, while such forces were in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States pursuant to the military order of the President dated July 26, 1941, including organized guerilla forces under commanders appointed, designated, or subsequently recognized by the Commander in Chief, Southwest Pacific Area, or other competent authority in the Army of the United States, and who died on or after November 1, 2000;
    3. or, was a person who enlisted between October 6, 1945, and June 30, 1947, with the Armed Forces of the United States with the consent of the Philippine government, pursuant to section 14 of the Armed Forces Voluntary Recruitment Act of 1945, and who died on or after December 16, 2003.
    4. On detail for duty with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard; or
    5. While the Service was part of the military forces of the United States pursuant to Executive Order of the President.
    6. A Commissioned Officer serving on inactive duty training as defined in section 101(23), title 38, United States Code, whose death resulted from an injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty. 

14.  The spouse or surviving spouse of an eligible veteran is eligible for interment in the Bethel Veterans Memorial Cemetery even if that veteran is not buried or memorialized in the Bethel Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In addition, the spouse or surviving spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States whose remains are unavailable for burial is also eligible for burial.

15. The minor children of an eligible veteran. For purpose of burial in The Bethel Veterans Memorial Cemetery, a minor child is a child who is unmarried and:

           - Who is under 21 years of age; or,

           - Who is under 23 years of age and pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution.

16. The unmarried adult child of an eligible veteran. For purpose of burial in the Bethel Veterans Cemetery, an unmarried adult child is of any age but became permanently physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support before reaching 21 years of age, or before reaching 23 years of age if pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an approved educational institution. Proper supporting documentation must be provided.

 

Determination of Ineligibility

The following are internment requirements for the Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

  1. A former spouse of an eligible individual whose marriage to that individual has been terminated by annulment or divorce, if not otherwise eligible.
  2. Family members of an eligible person except those defined as eligible.
  3. A person whose only separation from the Armed Forces was under dishonorable conditions or whose character of service results in a bar to veteran’s benefits.
  4. A person who was ordered to report to an induction station, but was not actually inducted into military service.
  5. Interment or memorialization in Bethel Veterans Memorial Cemetery is prohibited if a person is convicted of a federal capital crime and sentenced to death or life imprisonment, or is convicted of a State capital crime, and sentenced to death or life.
  6. Any person convicted of subversive activities after September 1, 1959, shall have no right to burial in The Bethel Memorial Cemetery from and after the date of commission of such offense, based on periods of military service commencing before the date of the commission of such offense, nor shall another person be entitled to burial on account of such an individual. Eligibility will be reinstated if the President of the United States grants a pardon.
  7. Members of groups whose service has been determined by the Secretary of the Air Force under the provisions of Public Law 95-202 as not warranting entitlement to benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.