R. Norman Moody
November 21, 2015
SCOTTSMOOR — Cape Canaveral National Cemetery has officially become the ninth national cemetery in Florida and the 134th in the nation.
The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, which will serve the burial needs of veterans in Central Florida for many years, was dedicated in a ceremony Friday afternoon that attracted hundreds veterans and their families from Brevard and surrounding counties.
"This is probably one of the best things for the veterans and their families since the VA hospital in Orlando," said Al "Gunner" Dudley, a Marine veteran from Mims who is past state commander of the American Legion.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald told the crowd of more than 500 that he was pleased to be a part the dedication that shows the nation's gratitude to those who served in uniform.
The VA purchased the land for the cemetery in July 2012 for $2.1 million. The construction company, G and C Fab-Con, LLC., is expected to complete an early turn-over portion of the cemetery which will be used for in-ground casket and cremation interments in January. That phase of construction is anticipated to provide for about 17,000 burial over the next 10 years.
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