Springfield veterans cemetery gets millions in grant money to expand

Veterans

By Will Schmitt

A local cemetery for veterans can afford to get a little bit roomier thanks to a check from Uncle Sam.

The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield is the beneficiary of a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA announced this week.

The VA says its gift will allow the local cemetery, located on at least 60 acres on South Southwood Road near Lake Springfield, to build more columbarium niches across 10 acres.

For those wondering what a “columbarium niche” is, a VA spokeswoman described it as “a location or place in an above ground wall for cremated remains.”

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