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The Idaho Division of Veterans Services will host a ceremonial groundbreaking of a second state veterans cemetery on 40 acres of farmland adjacent to State Hospital South in Blackfoot, Idaho. The ceremony, to be held at 2:00 PM, MDT on October 10, 2019, will be at 2245 Cromwell Lane in Blackfoot, directly south of the Idaho State Hospital South.
The initial phase of construction will develop up to 23 acres and include 500 preplaced crypts, 400 columbarium niches and 150 in-ground burial plots. The initial phase also would include construction of a main entrance, committal shelter, in-ground cremains burial areas, roads, a maintenance facility, an assembly area and supporting infrastructure.
“This highly anticipated decision is of great importance as the Idaho Division of Veterans Services, the Idaho Department of Public Works, and many others have done a tremendous amount of work over the past two years to prepare for the upcoming formal construction process,” commented James Earp, Bureau Chief of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. “I appreciate the interest and patience of the veterans and citizens in eastern Idaho throughout this process as we are closer now than ever to establishing Idaho's second State Veterans Cemetery."
Construction is currently underway and is anticipated to be completed during the winter of 2020.
For more information on this, and other Veterans programs, please go to http://veterans.idaho.gov/home