ANGEL FIRE ― Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that funding for the construction of the Angel Fire Veterans Cemetery has been formally approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
This funding will cover the cost of construction of the State Veterans Cemetery in Angel Fire.
“I’m pleased that we’ve secured full funding for the new State Veterans Cemetery in Angel Fire – this is great news for veterans and their families living in the northern part of our state,” Martinez said. “All veterans have earned the right to be buried in a place which honors their service and sacrifice to our country.”
The VA will provide a $3.2 million grant to cover the projected cost of building a 1.3-acre, 400-gravesite cemetery next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in Angel Fire. The funding will cover 100% of the construction costs for a main entrance, all roads, an assembly area, landscaping, 100 pre-placed crypts, 100 cremains burial areas, 200 columbarium niches, a memorial wall, and all other supporting infrastructure.
The cemetery will be the third state veterans cemetery resulting from the Governor’s State Cemetery Initiative launched in 2013 to seek VA funding for the construction of state-run, VA-funded veterans’ cemeteries.
The Ft. Stanton State Veterans Cemetery opened last November. Construction on the second cemetery, the Gallup State Veterans Cemetery, began last October. The same pre-planning and pre-grant approval process used for these three cemeteries are currently underway for the fourth cemetery in Carlsbad.