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Monday, May 30, 2016
Tallahassee National Cemetery--First Memorial Day, 30 May 2016
Tallahassee National Cemetery, one of newest VA cemeteries in the nation, marks its first Memorial Day today, Monday, 30 May 2016.
Tallahassee National Cemetery is located in Leon County, with frontage along U.S. Highway 27 (Apalachee Parkway) near March Road and east of Tallahassee in Florida. The Department of Veterans Affairs purchased the 250-acre parcel of land in August 2012 for $6.8 million. Construction on the cemetery began October 2014. The cemetery was dedicated 22 May 2015, and held its first day service on 16 October 2015.
The cemetery will serve over 83,000 Veterans in Tallahassee and the surrounding area. The initial phase of construction is expected to provide burial options for 10 years. Tallahassee National Cemetery is part of one of the largest expansions ever of the VA's National Cemetery system as recommended in a 2008 independent study.
The National Cemetery system has been stressed by the demise of World War II era veterans, an aging baby boomer veteran population, and 14 years of active military operations in Southwest Asia.
Tallahassee National Cemetery is located at 5015 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311.
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