MOUNTAIN HOME, TN (WJHL) – Mountain Home VA National Cemetery is taking steps to make sure there is enough burial space to meet the needs of area veterans for the next 50 years.
Crews will start construction on the VA cemetery expansion project next week. The $10 million first phase of construction will add 1,475 casket plots and 700 in-ground cremation spaces. The project is expected to take roughly a year-and-a-half to complete.
Without it, Cemetery Director Jeny Walker says the cemetery would run out of space soon.
“We are down to about three years of burial plots in the original cemetery,” Walker said. “What this is doing is ensuring that we always have burial space available for our local veterans.”
The VA is contracting with Alabama company C&C Contractors for the project. C&C is a small business owned by a disabled veteran.
“The cemetery is basically a shrine,” C&C Contractors Senior Project Manager Fred Pearson said. “It’s a national shrine for our veterans and we are honored to be a part of this and to honor our vets.”
Since 1903, Walker says the VA has buried more than 16,500 people at Mountain Home.
This project, which crews will complete in three phases, will double the size of the cemetery. The first phase will include the construction of administration and maintenance buildings and a committal shelter.
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