WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Northern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery in Caribou will receive $861,232 from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
With the closest National Veterans’ Cemetery more than 450 miles away in Bourne, MA and the closest State Veterans’ Cemetery nearly 250 miles away in Augusta, this grant is critical to providing continued service for 7,795 Veterans and their families in Northern Maine.
"Preserving the hallowed grounds where those who answered the call of duty are laid to rest is a solemn responsibility," Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. "This funding will support the Northern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery in Caribou so that it can continue to serve Maine's Veterans and their families."
In total, the grant will fund the development of approximately one acre including the construction of an access drive, 90 preplaced crypts, columbaria with 576 niches, landscaping, irrigation and supporting infrastructure.