Last Wednesday, the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville broke ground on a new 960-niche columbarium wall which is expected to be completed by next year. With the current columbarium set to reach capacity by next February, Missouri Veterans Commission Executive Director Paul Kirchoff says this will mean a lot to the families that are exploring this option.

The $1.6 million project will be funded through the Veterans Health and Care Fund and the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Fund. Once completed, the project could be 100 percent reimbursed by the Veterans Administration (VA) through the Veterans Cemetery Grants Program. The Chairman of the Missouri Veterans Commission Kelly McClelland has a message for veterans who are considering the cemetery as their final resting place.

Among the attendees who took part in the groundbreaking ceremony was Missouri Director of Public Safety Sandy Karsten.