Marana to be home to new veterans cemetery - Tucson News Now

Marana to be home to new veterans cemetery

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MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new State Veterans' Cemetery is coming to Marana.

Gov. Jan Brewer announced Friday the Arizona Department of Veterans Services was awarded a $7.6 million federal grant for the cemetery.

"This is fantastic news for Arizonans, and especially for the Southern Arizona veterans and advocates who have championed for this cemetery for more than a decade," Gov. Brewer stated in a news release. "This grant will help Arizona in our continued mission to properly honor those who have nobly served and sacrificed on our country's behalf. I thank the Kai Family Foundation for graciously donating this land, as well as everyone involved in this important effort."

More than half-a-million military veterans live in Arizona, including nearly 135,000 in Pima and surrounding counties.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provided the grant, which will fund the construction of the 32 acres of donated land.

The seven to ten-acre land first under construction will provide in-ground burials, columbarium and in-ground cremated remains burials. It will also house an administration building, maintenance building, assembly area, committal shelter and parking.

Construction is expected to begin in July 2014 and should be complete by Oct. of 2015, according to the release.

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