Posted: Oct 31, 2012 4:52 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Oct 31, 2012 4:52 PM
ZACHARY - Louisiana National Cemetery is officially open. Today, the national site performed their third burial at the facility.
Louisiana National Cemetery is set on 104 acres of land. Construction includes gravesite development and a range of burial alternatives including cremation sites.
The completed phase holds 2,500 in-ground crypts, 1,128 traditional gravesites and a modern entrance.
The Port Hudson National Cemetery recently closed to first interment casket burials.
Director of Louisiana National Cemetery Rex Kern says "this is a historical thing in the making, a modern-era cemetery for today's vets."
When construction is complete, the cemetery will hold almost 30,000 gravesites, compared to Port Hudson's 13,000.
Veterans with a discharge other than dishonorable, their spouses and dependent children are eligible for burial in a national cemetery.