Abilene to be Site of New State Veterans Cemetery

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AUSTIN (AP) - State officials say the federal government has awarded $8.2 million to build the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene.

The site for the 63-acre cemetery will be near Lake Fort Phantom Hill. It will have a capacity of 20,000 graves. The site will include a visitors center, an assembly area for special occasions, an avenue of flags, a memorial walkway and a computer system for locating specific graves.

Construction is set to begin immediately, with a ceremonial groundbreaking scheduled for later in the year. It should be ready for interments by spring 2009.

There are state veterans cemeteries in Killeen and Mission and national veterans cemeteries in Houston, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, San Antonio and El Paso.