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Amelia Veterans cemetery expanding

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

AMELIA — Officials broke ground Thursday on a $5 million expansion of one of Virginia’s three Veteran cemeteries.

According to a press release from Gov. Ralph Northam’s office, the project will add 3,600 additional pre-placed burial crypts to Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia County. The Commonwealth’s other two Veterans cemeteries are Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery on Bagging Plant Road in Dublin and Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.

The approximately seven-acre expansion is made possible by a $5.23 million grant from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries Admiration. Virginia Department of Veterans Services operates all three cemeteries.

The 127-acre Amelia cemetery was the first Veterans cemetery established in Virginia. It opened in 1997 and has since interred over 6,000 Veterans and their dependents.

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