21702 W. Espanola Road
Medical Lake WA 99022
The Washington State Veterans Cemetery is located on Espanola Road northwest
of Medical Lake WA just north of West Medical Lake. It can be easily reached
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs began construction
on the State Veterans Cemetery at Medical Lake in 2009. The $8 million
project was a partnership between the Washington State Department of
Veterans Affairs and the Federal VA Cemetery Construction Grant Program.
This Federal Grant paid 100% of the construction costs and provided
for the initial purchase of equipment.. The State of Washington was
responsible for the initial purchase of the land. Funds from the purchase
of Armed Forces License Plates pay for the maintenance and operation
of the State Veterans Cemetery. Veterans, active duty, guard, reserve
and their family members are eligible to purchase.
The Cemetery is open for public visitation from 8:00 a.m. to sunset,
7 days a week. The Administrative Office is open Monday through Friday
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An information kiosk, located in the Administration
Building, contains an electronic grave locator allowing family and friends
to easily locate the gravesite of their loved one.
The State Veterans Cemetery provides for in-ground casket burial sites
and cremation interments. Columbarium niches, in-ground cremation inurnment
and a scattering garden are available for cremation interments.
I have tried to locate most of those listed as to which section they
are in. Some may not have a location. Some info more than what was on
the marker or it may contain info from the obit. I apologize if I listed
anyone more than once.
Some of the interments are in a scatter
garden with stones lining the walkway into the area. Most are ashes
in a columbarium walls. Some Sections have the upright military stones,
including both inground burials and some are ashes in ground. There
are a great many sections still not used meaning there is much possibility
for future burial room. http://www.dva.wa.gov/cemetery
I walked and read the cemetery using a digital camera in the summer
of 2013. There is no way I can keep up to date on it but I will do my
best. Each time I return there are many new burials. My record is up
to Jul 15, 2013 with possible obits after.
- Maggie Rail