Idaho Veterans Cemetery to use $2.5M grant for expansion

Idaho Veterans Cemetery to use $2.5M grant for expansion

Credit: Paul Boehlke/ KTVB

Young Mariners place flags at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day 2012.

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 4:21 AM

BOISE -- The Idaho Veterans Cemetery is receiving a $2.5 million grant to expand its capacity with more burial sites.

Without the expansion, officials say the cemetery will run out of burial sites by 2016 and the columbarium that holds cremated remains would be at capacity by 2015.

The cemetery plans to use grant money from the Department of Veterans Administration to install nearly 2,900 additional burial sites and add roughly 3,700 spaces to the columbarium. The project will likely start in early October and finish next August, with construction on Friday through Sunday of each week.

Officials say the cemetery will remain open during construction but they will temporarily stop offering Friday internment services. In response, the cemetery plans to add extra internment services every Monday through Thursday.

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