An Act relative to veterans' grave markers

The Senate recently passed legislation jointly filed by Sen. Moore and Rep. Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) which prohibits the unauthorized sale of veterans’ grave markers in Massachusetts.

Under existing state law, it is not illegal to sell stolen grave markers from a veteran’s grave.  The provisions of the legislation include:

  • Prohibiting the unauthorized sale of veterans’ grave markers.
    • EXCEPTIONS: Individuals who receive or retain a veteran’s grave marker with the intent of returning it to a cemetery, a member of law enforcement, a member of the Department of Veterans Services, a non-profit veterans’ services group, or a local veteran’s agent. .
  • A fine of up to $5,000 against any unauthorized individual who sells or attempts to sell a veteran’s grave marker. 
  • The possibility of jail time for convicted repeat offenders.

UPDATE: The legislation was signed into law by the Governor on November 23, 2015 as Chapter 129 of the Acts of 2015. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Senator Moore's Office by visiting the contact tab above.