The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery is planned for a 318-acre parcel located in close proximity to U.S. Route 1 in Northern Brevard County, in Scottsmoor, approximately two miles from Interstate 95 and 12 miles north of Titusville. The cemetery will serve more than 163,000 veterans, spouses and their eligible dependents living in the central eastern Florida area. The initial phase of construction will provide more than 17,000 gravesites. VA purchased the central eastern Florida property, formerly known as Acosta Groves, for $2.1 million on July 31, 2012.
The Tallahassee National Cemetery is planned for a 250-acre parcel in Leon County, with frontage along U.S. Highway 27 (Apalachee Parkway) and Old St. Augustine Road near March Road east of Tallahassee. The cemetery will serve 83,000 veterans and their eligible dependents in the Tallahassee area, as well as southwestern Georgia and southeastern Alabama. The initial phase of construction will provide more than 6,000 gravesites and an early turnover area that the cemetery can begin burial operations soon after construction begins. VA purchased the Tallahassee property for $6.8 million on August 14, 2012, from the St. Joe Company.
More information can be found at www.cem.va.gov or by calling 1-800-827-1000.
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Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.