Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial State Veterans Cemetery to Expand
(Suffolk, Virginia.) The Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk will receive $2,025,103 in federal funds to assist in its expansion. A Federal Department of Veterans Affairs grant will help develop approximately five acres of the cemetery by funding the construction of 1,260 cremains gravesites, 1920 columbarium niches, housed in five new columbariums, supportive landscaping and infrastructure.
The expansion project will double the capacity for veterans who choose cremation as an option, create additional ground garden sections for cremains as well as above-ground columbarium buildings with niches. An additional asphalt road, sidewalks and new irrigation are also part of the project.
Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS), John L. Newby II shared “We look forward to this expansion in Suffolk. This growth will make it possible for additional generations of veterans in Hampton Roads to be interred in a cemetery close to home and their families.”
Dan Kemano, director of state veterans cemeteries for VDVS, credited Virginia’s partnership with the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs for making the project a reality. The state cemetery in Suffolk, like its counterparts in Amelia and Dublin, receives support from the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs for development and expansion.
An expansion for in-ground burials and an addition to the administration building are the next proposed major expansion projects planned. Such an expansion will ensure VDVS continues to meet current and future needs for decades to come.
About the Virginia Department of Veterans Services
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) operates 26 benefit services offices that assist veterans and their family members in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; two long-term care facilities offering nursing, assisted living, and domiciliary care for veterans, and three veterans cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families. VDVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to needed services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education, and other programs. The Department operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s monument to honor the memory of Virginia’s men and women who demonstrated a willingness to serve and fight to defend our way of life from World War II to the present.