National Cemetery Administration
Delaware Receives Grant for Expansion of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
August 15, 2019
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced today that it has awarded Delaware a grant in the amount of $1,050,223 for the expansion of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery-Millsboro in Millsboro, Delaware.
"This expansion will ensure thousands of Veterans and their families can continue to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing they will have a burial option close to home," said Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves. "The Veterans Cemetery Grants Program allows the federal government to partner with the states to offer our Veterans increased accessibility to the burial benefit they've earned -- not just in Delaware, but across our great Nation."
This grant will fund the construction of 1,600 columbaria niches, fencing, gates, landscaping and supporting infrastructure. The project will develop approximately 1 acre. The project will enable the cemetery to provide continued service for approximately 20,400 Veterans, their spouses and eligible family members.
The VA Veterans Cemetery Grants Program (VCGP) complements the 136 VA national cemeteries. Since its inception 41 years ago, the VCGP has awarded grants totaling more than $817 million to establish, expand, improve, or operate and maintain 115 state, territorial, and tribal Veterans cemeteries. These VA-funded cemeteries provided more than 39,000 burials in 2018.
For more information about the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, contact Gregory Bee, Cemetery Administrator at 410-943-3420 or visit https://veteransaffairs.delaware.gov/delaware-veterans-memorial-cemetery/.