Construction begins at new West Tennessee veterans cemetery

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new state veterans cemetery has just broken ground to serve our military members and their families in West Tennessee.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, the Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and several other federal, state and local officials met on Wednesday at Parkers Crossroads to participate in a special ceremony.

The planned 132-acre cemetery will be located at 693 Wildersville Road and serve more than 45,000 veterans and their families within 17 counties in West Tennessee.

“This milestone is cause for celebration for our veterans, their families and our local, state and federal partners that joined us in making this project a high priority to improve how we serve Tennesseans in rural parts of our state,” Grinder said. “This hallowed ground will serve as a pristine final resting place where reverence and reflection will be fostered.”

“The placement of this cemetery in west Tennessee is the realization of years of work,” US Representative Marsha Blackburn said. “We celebrate the groundbreaking of this project and anticipate completion. This facility will allow families to be closer to home as they endure a time of loss.”

This will be the fifth veteran cemetery in the Volunteer state. There are two in Knoxville, one in Nashville and another here in Memphis.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2018.