Cemetery Advisory Council
Purpose: The legislature established the New Jersey Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery Advisory Council-Arneytown in the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The Council shall recommend standards and procedures for application and determination of eligibility for interment in the veterans cemetery, advise the Adjutant General regarding operating policies and procedures as they apply to veterans’ family members, funeral directors, and the relationship of the veterans cemetery with other veterans facilities.
Membership: The Council shall be composed of 7 members appointed by the Adjutant General with the approval of the Governor. All members must be veterans. The adjutant General designates a Chair from among the members. Members serve for terms of 3 years. Vacancies are filled for the un-expired term.
Frank Kowalski, Chairman
Robert I. Cirkus, Vice Chairman
Lou Wargo Jr.
Meetings: Organizational meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. with the exception of the month of June-no meeting will be held.
Facilities include a chapel/administration building, a maintenance complex, outside committal shelter and designated memorial sections for the interment of cremated remains and veterans whose remains have never been recovered.
The most prominent feature on the cemetery site is the modern, non-denominational chapel/administration building. Built atop a 50-foot-high hill just off to the right of the main entrance,it overlooks the entire facility. Set on a circular plaza, its location on the wooded hilltop permits the isolation of committal service operations from other visitations. Ample parking is available.
The walls of the chapel are adorned with five beautiful stained glass windows. One honors servicemen and women in the major branches of the Armed Forces, while another pays tribute to the four chaplains who died aboard the S.S. Dorchester during World War II.
An outdoor committal shelter is available for those who do not wish to use the chapel and for larger services.
Adjacent to the chapel is a courtyard where the U.S. flag, the New Jersey State flag and the POW/MIA flag are flown and where outdoor committal services may be held.
Public restrooms are located at the base of the hill to the left of the main entrance where they may accommodate cemetery visitors and corteges arriving for and leaving committal services.