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Jacksonville National Cemetery

Jacksonville National Cemetery
Details
Year established 2009
Location Jacksonville, Florida
Country United States
Coordinates
Type United States National Cemetery
Owned by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Size 526 acres (213 ha)
Number of graves 1,000+
Website Official
Find a Grave Jacksonville National Cemetery

Jacksonville National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located within the city of Jacksonville, Florida. It encompasses 526 acres (213 ha), and began interments on January 7, 2009.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Site status 2
  • Notable interments 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

The relatively close St. Augustine National Cemetery was closed to interments in the 1990s, so the nearest location was the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, 143 miles from Jacksonville.[2]

Site status

Initial construction began in August, 2008 and created a 20-acre (8.1 ha) burial area with temporary facilities. Stage 1A was completed in December, 2008, and the grounds were consecrated January 5, 2009. The second construction stage is scheduled to commence in the summer of 2009 and include an entrance, roadways within the 52-acre (21 ha) section, permanent buildings for administration and maintenance, a public information center and two shelters for services during inclement weather.[3] Infrastructure consisting of drainage, fencing, landscaping, irrigation and utilities is also being built. The section under development will provide 8,145 gravesites, including 7,300 pre-placed crypts, 5,100 in-ground cremation sites and 4,992 columbarium niches.[1]

As of May 2011, the cemetery contained the remains of over 1,000 veterans, despite being open for just 28 months.

Location of cemetery in Florida

Notable interments

  • Jack D. Hunter, author, including the bestseller, The Blue Max (1964), which became a 1966 movie.[4] Hunter served as an Army counterintelligence officer during and after World War II.

References

  1. ^ a b [1] Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Jacksonville National Cemetery factsheet
  2. ^ Brumley, Jeff: "Jacksonville National Cemetery a big plus for families of veterans" Florida Times-Union, May 10, 2011
  3. ^ "Jacksonville National Cemetery Consecrated" First Coast News, January 5, 2009
  4. ^ Jack Dayton Hunter, Sr at Find a Grave

External links

  • National Cemetery Administration
  • Jacksonville National Cemetery
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Jacksonville National Cemetery
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