The property was purchased on November 21, 2002 for $6.2 million. The property had been owned by the Horton Family for over 160 years.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 14, 2004 and was attended by over 1,400 people. The first phase of construction began in October 2004.
The 544.3 acre site will be developed in phases over the next several decades. The cemetery will be able to accommodate hundreds of thousands of veterans and their family members.
The cemetery began burial operations October 17, 2005 and currently averages 10 burials per day.
On November 11, 2005, the Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council hosted the first annual Veteran's Day Ceremony. As part of the program, the Avenue of Flags was established by raising the first 34 flags on poles donated by various Veterans Service Organizations and community groups. The cemetery now has 100 flagpoles on the Avenue of flags thanks to additional donations from the community.
A formal dedication was held June 3, 2006.
Welcome to the Great Lakes National Cemetery. We hope you find peace here · and visit us again.
Families often contact us during a difficult ti me - after the loss of a loved one.
We're here to make the burial process as comfortable as possible. We encourage veterans and their families to talk with us in advance for information or about any questions or concerns.
When the time comes, we will ensure the committal service and any other requests are handled respectfully. We pledge to honor the dignity and memory of each person and to provide excellent service to family and friends during this difficult time.
The funeral home will contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office on your behalf to make burial arrangements for Veterans and/or their eligible dependents.
The funeral home will fax all available military discharge documents to the scheduling office and follow up with a call. If military discharge documents are not available, scheduling office representatives will assist the funeral home or next-of-kin with the verification process. The process may requires 48 hours or more to determine eligibility for burial in a national cemetery.
The scheduling office will be open seven (7) days a week, from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Central time, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The funeral home will contact the cemetery directly to:
Burial benefits provided by the national Cemetery Administration, at no cost to the Veteran, include: burial plot; opening and closing of the gravesite; a government liner; headstone or marker with inscription; interment flag, perpetual are of the gravesite; and a Presidential Memorial Certificate. Funeral director’s services are not covered.
Gravesites are assigned by the cemetery and cannot be selected in advance. Assignments are made without regard to rank, ethnic or religious background, branch of service or other factors.
The veteran and spouse are interred in the same grave. If both were Veterans, they may choose to be buried side-by-side in separate graves.
Military honors are provided by the Department of Defense and are to be arranged by the funeral director. If there is no funeral director, cemetery staff will assist the family in arranging for military honors.
Burials and interments are scheduled between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except designated holidays. Great Lakes National Cemetery has the following burial site options:
Ambrose Funeral Home
1200 Garfield Avenue, Bay City, MI 48708
Squires Funeral Home
211 N. Henry Street, Bay City, MI 48706
Both locations are 100% handicapped accessible and ground level.
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