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VA reopens Prescott National Cemetery for cremation burials

Special to the Review

Veterans in central Arizona can now be buried at Prescott National Cemetery with the opening of a columbarium for cremation inurnments.

The new, expanded facility for cremated remains officially opens Feb. 5.

"The cemetery closed in 1974 when the facility ran out of space for casket burials, although eligible family members of veterans already buried there could be interred," said Wayne Ellis, director, Prescott National Cemetery.  "The new columbarium provides a burial option to nearly 27,000 veterans and their dependents who were not served by an open VA national or state veterans cemetery." 

The $2.4 million columbarium wall on the western side of the cemetery provides 3,000 niches for cremated remains and was built by Hal Hays Construction, a California-based small business contractor.  Infrastructure improvements, including a road, sidewalks, irrigation and landscaping, were also made at the cemetery.

Prescott National Cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. 

Veterans with a discharge other than dishonorable, their spouses and dependent children can be buried in a national cemetery.

Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the Internet at http://www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 1-800-827-1000.

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