At the Forest Lawn Group of Cemeteries, we are proud to salute all the men and women who have served, and their families. Within our cemeteries we are honored to provide perpetual care to veterans of every military conflict in which our nation has been engaged.

With that in mind, we have designated sections in some of our cemeteries known as the Veterans Field of Valor – an area specifically for veterans and their spouses and dependent children, just like national veterans’ cemeteries.

We have designated Veterans sections at the following cemetery locations

Veterans Field of Valor™

The Veterans Field of Valor™ is available exclusively to veterans, their spouses and heirs.

What are the benefits of burial in the Field of Valor?

Your family can choose the date and time of your burial. In a national cemetery, the date and time of your burial is determined by the cemetery and your family is told to report for the pre-scheduled burial.

Graves are marked by distinctive upright marble tablet memorials, provided FREE by the U.S. Government – just like those in Arlington and all National Cemeteries

Here, you can be buried in your hometown, where you will be surrounded by your family, friends and neighbors, and in a place and manner consistent and unique to your religious beliefs and cultural heritage.

Our cemeteries are close to home, which means that family and friends who wish to visit your final place of rest will have the ability to do so easily, even with public transportation or a short Uber ride.

On every Memorial Day and Veterans Day, all graves in the Field of Valor™ are decorated with U.S. flags and ceremonies are held to commemorate the sacrifices made by all those who have served.

If you’d like more information about the burial options available to United States military veterans and their spouses in Forest Lawn, St. Matthew’s or Lakeside Cemetery, please call us anytime at 716-885-1600.

WNY Vietnam Veterans Remembrance

We are very pleased to make the outstanding work of former Forest Lawn Historian Patrick Kavanagh accessible to the world. Pat, who is himself a Vietnam veteran, has compiled the definitive resource of information on all 532 veterans (531 men and 1 woman) with direct ties to the eight counties of Western New York who were killed or died while on active duty in Vietnam.

In Pat’s words…”We must never forget the sacrifices made by these young people.”