$2 million secured for expansion of Suffolk Veterans Cemetery

Posted at 12:07 PM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 17:14:51-04

SUFFOLK, Va. - More than $2 million has been secured to expand the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.

Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced the $2,025,103 in federal funds to assist in the expansion on Friday.

The Department of Veterans Affairs grant will help to develop about 5 acres of the cemetery, adding 1,260 grave sites and 1,920 columbarium niches, as well as landscaping and infrastructure.

The closest national veterans cemetery in Hampton Roads is the Hampton National Cemetery, however that is currently closed to new interments. As a result, the next closest veterans cemetery with available grave sits is the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia, which is nearly 100 miles away.

There are currently 187,975 veterans who live in Virginia.