Horton cemetery gets $3.3M grant

Published 8:55 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The state veterans’ cemetery in Suffolk has received a grant of $3.3 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery received the grant from the federal Veterans Cemetery Grants Program, which supports state efforts to establish, expand, operate and improve veterans cemeteries, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s office.

“Virginia has a long history of supporting our veterans and military families, and these grants support our efforts to continue to honor our military men and women,” Warner said in the release. “We owe this obligation to those who have served, and I am pleased to announce this ongoing federal support for Virginia’s efforts.”

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The state veterans cemetery in Amelia County also received a grant of $1.6 million. The two grants will support roadway expansions, irrigation improvements and new signs at the cemeteries, according to the release.

“VA is committed to helping state and tribal veterans cemeteries meet national shrine standards and honor veterans with dignified burials,” U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said.

“It is vitally important that state and tribal governments have the resources necessary to offer quality services to our nation’s veterans and their families.”