Public Meeting: VA national cemetery being constructed in Tallahassee area

Veteran Headstone
Posted at 10:43 AM, Jan 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-03 08:25:30-05

Tallahassee, Fla. -- The Department of Veterans Affairs will have a public meeting to discuss plans for a new VA national cemetery being built in the Tallahassee area.

The meeting will take place at the Eastside Branch of the Leon County Library on January 10. It begins at 6 p.m.

During the session, Veterans and other interested residents will be able to give their opinions about the master plan and design efforts.

The cemetery will be located on a 250 acre parcel of land in Lion County. You will be able to see it from U.S. Highway 27 (Apalachee Parkway) and Old St. Augustine Road, near March Road, on the east side of Tallahassee.

The cemetery will serve more than 83,000 veterans and eligible dependents in Tallahassee area, as well as in southwestern Georgia and southeastern Alabama. The initial first phase construction will provide over 6,00 gravesites and an early turnover area so that burial operations can begin as soon as possible after construction. 

VA purchased the Tallahassee property for $6.8 million on August 14, 2012 from the St. Joe Company, one of Florida's largest real estate development firms.

The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains 131 national cemeteries in 39 states (and Puerto Rico) as well as 33 soldier's lots and monument sites.

For more information, visit the Veterans Affairs website by clicking here.