Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery

300 E. Bates Street
Richmond VA  23219

Phone: (804) 721-9675

Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery

Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery is a public outreach program of the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. The program's goal is to obtain funding to mark the graves of over 300 veterans of various conflicts, and to involve the public in the caretaking of those graves, as well as the cemetery at large.

The cost of placing a government marker for each soldier interred at Shockoe Hill Cemetery is $275 for an upright granite marker, and $200 for a flat/ground level granite marker. For soldiers whose service does not qualify for a government marker, e.g., Virginia Public Guard, we can obtain and place upright markers for $875, and flat markers for $550. Groups and individuals are encouraged to adopt a soldier whose grave has never been marked. Donations to the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery are tax deductible.

As markers are obtained and placed, dedication services will be held, and the donors will be invited to attend. Donors will also be encouraged to participate in active grave tending which would include cemetery clean-up’s, placing wreaths on their soldiers’ graves at Christmas and placing flags on the soldiers’ graves on Memorial Day. Donors will also be placed on the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery mailing list and receive its newsletter.

The proceeds of the Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery fundraising program will be used exclusively for the procurement and installation of markers for soldiers buried in Shockoe Hill Cemetery. If you would like to participate in this program, please contact Clayton Shepherd via e-mail at .

Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery is a program of the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

The Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery are the stewards of Richmond's oldest city-owned cemetery, and are dedicated to celebrating its history, restoring its beauty, and educating the public on its place in community life.

Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery is an ongoing public outreach program. The program's goal is to obtain funding to mark the graves of over 300 veterans of various conflicts, and to involve the public in the caretaking of those graves, as well as

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Founded: January 1, 2014

Categories: Cemetery, Historical Place, Landmark, Non-Profit Organization




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Past Events

Spring Clean-up Day

Spring Clean-up Day
09:00 am - 04/21/2018

At Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery

Please join us as we prepare the cemetery for our dedication ceremony to be held on April 29th. Please dress as you would working in your own yard. Bring gloves,...

Cemetery Preservation Workshop

Cemetery Preservation Workshop
08:30 am - 04/27/2017

At Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery

The Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery will host a 3 day workshop with conservators Brad Manzenberger and Rob Myers. This will be a true 'hands on' workshop focusing...

Wreaths Across Shockoe Hill

Wreaths Across Shockoe Hill
10:00 am - 12/17/2016

At Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery

Come for a military-themed tour, and bring a Christmas wreath of your choosing (natural or artificial) to place on the grave of a veteran. There are over 1,000 military...

Storm Clean-up

Storm Clean-up
08:00 am - 07/23/2016

At Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery

This work day will focus on recent storm damage in the cemetery. Please wear suitable clothing, and bring gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat. Rakes, gasoline...

Spring Clean-up Day

Spring Clean-up Day
10:00 am - 05/15/2016

At Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery

Come help us prepare for summer. Dress for outdoor work with gloves, hat and sunscreen. If you can, bring rakes, lopping shears, and leaf blowers. If you have...

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday
12:01 am - 12/01/2015

At Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015,...

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