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Veterans Cemetery gets federal grant

NEWTON — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced a grant of approximately $6.99 million to establish Mississippi’s first state veterans cemetery in Newton.

The project will provide construction of a main entrance, a committal shelter, pre-placed crypts, standard burial areas, a columbarium for cremation remains, in-ground cremation burial areas, scatter burial areas, a memorial walkway, roads, a maintenance facility, an assembly area and supporting infrastructure. Interment areas will include 1,091 standard burial plots, 1,000 pre-placed crypts and 192 columbarium niches.

The cemetery will serve approximately 50,000 Mississippi veterans and their families. The nearest national cemetery is VA’s Biloxi National Cemetery, approximately 145 miles away.

The 75-acre site is about 50 miles east of Jackson. The first phase of the project will develop approximately 18 acres.

Residents of Mississippi who are veterans with a discharge issued under conditions other than dishonorable, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery. For more information, contact the Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Board at (601) 576-4850, or visit www.vab.state.ms.us.

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