Wisconsin receives $ 3 million for expansion of Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery
MADISON – Governor Tony Evers announced on Friday, June 18 that he had been informed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs that he was granting $ 3,320,300 to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to expand the Veterans Memorial Cemetery from central Wisconsin to King.
“Like all Wisconsinites, I am grateful for the service and sacrifice of our military,” Governor Evers said. “As a state, we work diligently to ensure that veterans have access to benefits and services from the time they leave service until the time they are buried. Providing an honorable and dignified resting place for our veterans and their supporting families is the least we can do for the heroes of our country.
According to a press release from Governor Evers’ office, the grant will allow WDVA to build 428 pre-installed crypts, a flag collection area, service shelter, irrigation and supporting infrastructure at the cemetery. These improvements will ensure adequate resources for future burial needs.
“Our Wisconsin veterans cemeteries are beautiful and peaceful resting places,” said WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar. “We are pleased to be able to make these improvements which will ensure that veterans and their families continue to be able to use these wonderful facilities for years to come.” “
King Cemetery is the premier veterans cemetery in the state of Wisconsin. It opened in June 1888 with the funeral of a Civil War veteran. In addition to Civil War veterans, it is the final resting place for veterans of Indian Wars, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War, as well as peacetime veterans. Over 8,000 veterans and their dependents have been buried in King Cemetery since its inception.
The WDVA operates three veterans memorial cemeteries located in King, Spooner and Union Grove. Veterans, spouses and dependent children may be eligible for a burial or commemoration at Wisconsin veterans cemeteries. CLICK HERE for more.
The WDVA submitted the funding request to the VA Veterans Cemetery Grant Program in May 2021.