This is but one of so many the Country served totally ignored, some states never had a National Cemetery to Honor those from who Served the Country and Residents of, especially in our Wars, after they passed on, many from the results of those long ignored issues, where residents of could visit and reflect as well as the families of!! Or they just plain denied the issues existed, as told by hired 'experts?' and used in Congressional hearings to justify the conservative obstruction of the Responsibility of Those Served the Budgets of the Veterans Administration to the few who served them!! Taken on by Sec. Shinseki, continued with Sec. McDonald, conservatives thought they were getting a conservative corporate tool to use in rushing the VA to private corporate control for profit, they didn't, and with much needed help by the Obama Executive Administration and it's Cabinet!! They've been upgrading many that were already established as well as expanding same while establishing new, Hallowed Ground, National Cemeteries, that continues!!
4 August 2015 - More than 500 Veterans, family members and patriotic citizens witnessed the ceremonial breaking of ground and dedication of the Tallahassee National Cemetery earlier this summer. The event, fittingly held on Memorial Day weekend, attracted a stellar cast of local, state and national dignitaries, community and military bands, color and honor guard units, Veterans and supporters.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald provided the keynote address. He was joined onstage by Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Jeff Miller, Ranking Member Corrine Brown, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Ronald Walters and other state and local officials.
“Here, we establish another glade of America’s most hallowed ground,” said McDonald, “to pay homage to men and women who so valued America that they placed their lives at risk in the defense of generations yet to come.”
When Tallahassee National Cemetery opens for first burials in a few short weeks, it will be part of the largest expansion of national cemeteries since the Civil War. In the next few years, VA will open 17 new cemeteries throughout the country. Later in 2015, VA will dedicate Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, also in Florida. This entire expansion effort will increase or enhance burial access for over two million Veterans and their families. Once these planned projects are complete, more than 96 percent of Veterans will have access to a burial option within a 75-mile radius of their homes. read more>>>