Happy Giving Tuesday! Consider joining the global day of giving back with a gift to Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery Association. Your gift this Giving Tuesday provides the opportunity for our association to reach our goal in refurbishing the Committal Shelter as the original design proves problematic in some of Maine’s unforgiving weather. Our goal is to refurbish the structure and to create a more usable space for families to comfortably hold services, protected from the elements in all seasons. As always, we appreciate your support. Donations may be sent to:

SMVMCA 83 Stanley Road Springvale, Maine 04083

Accomplishments.

CDC guidelines prevent our association from holding in person meetings, but the work to enhance these sacred grounds continues!  

The POW/MIA monument stands as a means to educate the public about Prisoner of War and Missing in Action service members.  Photos for the front of the remaining 7 tablets are currently in the design process.  We hope for delivery by Armed Forces Day, May 15, 2021.

We continue to fundraise for additional projects and our eyes are currently focused on the Committal Shelter.  The original design proved problematic in some of Maine’s unforgiving weather.  Our goal is to refurbish the structure and to create a more usable space for families to comfortably hold services,  protected from the elements in all seasons.   As always, we appreciate your support.

Current Situation

Bathrooms in the administration building are open during cemetery hours.

We understand that we are all living during a time of extremes. Social distancing is our best defense against the spreading of COVID 19, but our lives go on, we need to keep connecting in one way or another. Social media allows us to maintain social distance without feeling isolated. We are happy to share some photos of the progress on our POW/MIA monument. We thank Collette Monuments for their hard work and we thank all of our generous donors and supporters of this project. Stay strong and stay healthy.

Wreaths Across America 2019

Wreaths Across America takes place on Saturday, December 14, at 12:00. Parking at the cemetery is VERY limited in the winter. Ample parking is available at Sanford Junior High School and frequent shuttles will be provided. 

This is a family event, but please remind your children that the cemetery is a place of reverence and respect, not a playground. No running or playing on or around grave markers. This link offers educational information about the the symbolic meaning behind the gift of a wreath that you might like to share with your child.
https://wreathsblob.blob.core.windows.net/…/remember-honor-…

Please dress accordingly, Maine’s winter weather might make you wish this was an indoor event. Sorry, it’s not. The Administration building will be open for those who need to access the restroom.

Please leave your pets at home. The Veterans Cemetery follows the U.S. Department of Justice’s ADA requirements for service animals: THE SERVICE ANIMAL MUST BE TRAINED TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY. It is our goal to ensure access to all visitors in accordance to Title 32 Code of Federal Regulations Part 553, which prohibits pets in the cemetery except for service animals.