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Veterans Cemetery ceremony set for Oct.

An Oct. 19 date has been set for the official groundbreaking of the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, to be located in Dublin.
The ceremony will be held at noon in the Lions Club building at 1 Lions Club Road in Dublin. It will conclude at the edge of the cemetery property directly across the street from the Lions Club.
As part of the ceremony, Frank K. Salvas Sr. with the National Cemetery Administration will present a ceremonial $7.2 million check to Virginia Secretary of Public Safety John W. Marshall. The check represents a federal grant awarded to Virginia to develop the cemetery, which will become Virginia’s third cemetery dedicated exclusively to veterans and their family members.
It is estimated the local cemetery will serve about 60,000 veterans and family members living in Southwest Virginia.
“The residents of Southwest Virginia have consistently stepped forward to defend our nation in all wars,” Marshall said. “The Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery will be a fitting tribute to their valor and an enduring memorial to their service and sacrifice.”
The grant will fund construction of the first phase of the cemetery, located on an 80-acre parcel of land transferred from the Radford Arsenal to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2008.
Phase 1 construction will cover 24 acres and includes the main entrance area, full casketed and cremation burial areas, a columbarium, a memorial garden and scatter garden areas, roads, an assembly area, committal shelter, cemetery office, maintenance complex, and supporting infrastructure. Interment areas will include 5,167 standard burial plots; 2,750 pre-placed crypts; 500 in-ground cremation spaces, and 625 columbarium niches. Completion of the first phase is slated for fall 2010.
The cemetery will be developed in four phases as grave sites are needed.
Virginia’s other two veterans cemeteries are the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk and the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia.
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services will operate all three.
Service members who were honorably discharged qualify for burial in one of the cemeteries. A gravesite, opening and closing of the grave for the veteran, placement of a government grave marker, and perpetual care of the site are provided to the veteran at no charge.
Veterans’ spouses and eligible dependent children may be interred for a small fee, currently $300.

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Veterans Cemetery ceremony set for Oct.

An Oct. 19 date has been set for the official groundbreaking of the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, to be located in Dublin.
The ceremony will be held at noon in the Lions Club building at 1 Lions Club Road in Dublin. It will conclude at the edge of the cemetery property directly across the street from the Lions Club.
As part of the ceremony, Frank K. Salvas Sr. with the National Cemetery Administration will present a ceremonial $7.2 million check to Virginia Secretary of Public Safety John W. Marshall. The check represents a federal grant awarded to Virginia to develop the cemetery, which will become Virginia’s third cemetery dedicated exclusively to veterans and their family members.
It is estimated the local cemetery will serve about 60,000 veterans and family members living in Southwest Virginia.
“The residents of Southwest Virginia have consistently stepped forward to defend our nation in all wars,” Marshall said. “The Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery will be a fitting tribute to their valor and an enduring memorial to their service and sacrifice.”
The grant will fund construction of the first phase of the cemetery, located on an 80-acre parcel of land transferred from the Radford Arsenal to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2008.
Phase 1 construction will cover 24 acres and includes the main entrance area, full casketed and cremation burial areas, a columbarium, a memorial garden and scatter garden areas, roads, an assembly area, committal shelter, cemetery office, maintenance complex, and supporting infrastructure. Interment areas will include 5,167 standard burial plots; 2,750 pre-placed crypts; 500 in-ground cremation spaces, and 625 columbarium niches. Completion of the first phase is slated for fall 2010.
The cemetery will be developed in four phases as grave sites are needed.
Virginia’s other two veterans cemeteries are the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk and the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia.
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services will operate all three.
Service members who were honorably discharged qualify for burial in one of the cemeteries. A gravesite, opening and closing of the grave for the veteran, placement of a government grave marker, and perpetual care of the site are provided to the veteran at no charge.
Veterans’ spouses and eligible dependent children may be interred for a small fee, currently $300.

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