Alabama Veterans Cemetery at Spanish Fort expands to add thousands of burial sites
The Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort will be expanded to accommodate thousands of additional burial sites, the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs said.
A $ 5 million grant from the National Cemetery Administration will help pay for the expansion, ADVA said in a press release. The grant is awarded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and will fund the first of 10 planned expansions over the next 100 years at Baldwin County Cemetery.
The cemetery, on a 107-acre site, was opened in December 2012 and burials began in April 2013. The first phase was 22.8 acres and has 2,776 burial sites (2,392 buried).
The second phase will develop six acres to include 2,762 pre-placed vault sites (coffin sites), 960 columbarium niches (above ground urn sites), 800 buried urn sites and a memorial wall with 100 sites.
The project will include improvements to roads, stormwater drainage and irrigation.
“The cemetery is a beautiful and solemn place for our veterans and their families, and we look forward to continued improvements with this project,” said ADVA Commissioner Kent Davis. “ADVA serves all Alabama veterans from the moment they take their uniforms off for the last time through Eternity, and while death is never an easy topic, we want to ensure that the heroes of the Alabama will receive the resting place they won when that day comes. “
ADVA said construction is expected to begin in August or September next year and be completed within one year of the start date. More information on the cemetery.
Alabama also has a veterans cemetery near Montevallo, the national cemetery of Alabama.