- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A new veterans cemetery will be developed in northern Mississippi with the help of a federal grant.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is giving the state $6.6 million for the project, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said in a news release Wednesday.

Construction will begin this fall on the North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael.

It should be ready for use by spring 2017 and will be the fifth in a network of federal and state veterans cemeteries in Mississippi. Veterans and their spouses can be buried in the cemeteries at no charge, the governor said.

“This is a great honor for our state and the American heroes who will find this as a final resting place for life’s journey,” Bryant said.

Mississippi’s senior U.S. senator, Republican Thad Cochran, is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and helped secure the federal money for this and other burial places for veterans.

“Veterans’ cemeteries are hallowed ground on which grateful Americans can honor those who have served our nation,” Cochran said in the governor’s news release. “The new state veterans’ cemetery at Kilmichael will be just such a site for veterans, their families and all Mississippians.”

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