Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Secretary Shinseki Announces $32 Million to Calverton Cemetery
September 29, 2009, 08:00:00 AM
“We are pleased to continue to develop this national shrine,” said Secretary Shinseki. “VA is committed to providing the best possible service to the Veterans of Long Island and greater
The contract was awarded to GC&P Fab-Con, LLC, a business firm from
This project will develop approximately 40 acres and includes approximately 33,000 pre-placed crypts, 4,800 columbarium niches, and 1,000 in-ground cremation interment sites. The project also includes administration building improvements; maintenance buildings improvements; new control booth at committal shelters; temporary roads; temporary structures to maintain cemetery operations; utilities; irrigation systems; signs; fencing; guardrails; landscaping; repair and paving of the existing roads; and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) improvements.
The LEED Green Building Rating System, developed by the U
The cemetery serves approximately 800,000 Veterans in the New York City metropolitan area, conducting more than 6,600 interments in 2008 and over 212,000 interments since opening in 1978. This project will provide an estimated additional 10 years of burial capacity.
Veterans with a discharge issued under conditions other than dishonorable, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in a VA national cemetery
In the midst of the largest expansion since the Civil War, VA operates 130 national cemeteries in 39 states and
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