Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary officially opened today by providing its first Veteran burial at the facility.
“With the opening of this national shrine, many thousands of Louisiana Veterans and their families will continue to have a no-cost burial option available nearby, in a setting that is worthy of their service,” said Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve L. Muro. “Providing lasting tributes to their sacrifices is one of VA’s most honorable missions, and one we are proud to fulfill.”
Louisiana National Cemetery is situated on 103.8 acres of land. Construction includes grave site development in two phases, providing a full range of burial alternatives to approximately 293,000 Veterans and eligible family members in the East Baton Rouge Parish and the surrounding area.
The now completed first phase of construction developed approximately 17 acres with 2,500 in-ground pre-placed crypts, 1,128 traditional gravesites, an entrance feature, roadway, utilities and necessary infrastructure. The next phase will cover approximately 12 acres and will include a maintenance complex and 1,130 in-ground cremains sites.