DVA announces So. Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery expansion

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UNION GROVE, Wis. — The Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery is expanding, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs announced Wednesday.

The cemetery will be able to add 3,500 new columbarium niches, landscaping and added infrastructure on about two acres of land. Officials said that the work will provide the proper resources for burial needs going forward.

“The Wisconsin veterans cemeteries provide a beautiful and dignified final resting place for those who have served and their loved ones,” WVDVA Secretary Mary Kolar said. “It’s so important we continually improve and maintain these treasured places for future generations.”

The cemetery in Union Grove is the fourth busiest state veterans cemetery in the United States and territories. Officials said that about 1,300 to 1,500 are held there each year.

The expansion is funded by a nearly $3.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.