The Iowa Veterans Cemetery (IVC) is the first federally funded construction of a state-owned and operated veterans cemetery in the State of Iowa. The cemetery serves the veteran population throughout the state and around the country, as there is no state residency requirement to be interred in the cemetery. It is offers a picturesque setting in southern Dallas County, conveniently located along Interstate 80, west of Des Moines. Property for the cemetery was graciously donated to the State of Iowa by Mr. Bill Knapp and the Ronald Kenyon family. Ultimately, it is currently slated to provide spaces for 81,000 burials. Eligibility considerations are outlined in the link Eligibility for Burial.
A groundbreaking ceremony on Veterans Day in 2006 initiated the project. Construction began in late July of the following year, with the dedication occurring on July 3, 2008. At the time of the dedication, over 1,000 veterans and eligible dependents had already been determined eligible. The first of 76 scheduled interments began on July 7th.
The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs has multi-faceted roles related to veteran issues. Among those roles, is the statutory duty to “establish and operate” a state veterans cemetery. The Iowa Veterans Cemetery is an operating unit within the department. Our cemetery serves as a hallowed resting place for veterans and family members nation-wide, with individuals from over 38 states currently interred within its grounds.