A ground-breaking ceremony was earlier for the veterans cemetery near Fort Leonard Wood.

A dedication ceremony for the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery – Fort Leonard Wood is 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at the cemetery at 25350 Highway H, Waynesville, east of Interstate 44 at exit 156. The public is invited.

Guest speakers include U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, Fort Leonard Wood Commanding General Major General David E. Quantock, Veterans Affairs Cemetery Grants Service Director Frank Salvas, State Sen. Frank Barnitz, State Rep. David Day, State Rep. Don Wells, Missouri Veterans Commission Chairman John Comerford and Waynesville Mayor Cliff Hammock.

The cemetery property was donated by the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood and will occupy 229 acres. Construction was funded by a $ 7.5 million federal grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The cemetery’s initial construction consists of 25 acres, estimated to last 25 to 30 years before additional development being needed. The cemetery includes an administration building, maintenance facility, a committal shelter for conducting interment services and a columbarium wall for cremation interment.

Due to extremely limited parking at the cemetery, general parking will be located just north of the turn off to the cemetery entrance. Shuttles will transport guests from the parking area to the cemetery.

 

 

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