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Dec 05, 2012
SLIDELL – Governor Bobby Jindal spoke at a groundbreaking ceremony today for the new Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell. The new cemetery location will provide for the needs of approximately 100,000 veterans and their families who reside in and around Southeast Louisiana.
Governor Jindal said, “Today’s groundbreaking is another step we can take to thank our veterans and eternally honor their courageous service. This resting place is the least we can do for the thousands of veterans and their families who have given up so much to protect our freedoms and liberties.”
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery will be the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs’ third cemetery site. The first LDVA cemetery is located in Keithville, Louisiana and opened in 2007. The second is in Leesville and opened in February 2012.
The Louisiana National Guard donated seventy-five total acres for this cemetery project with twenty-one acres planned for use in the initial development. The site is located approximately seven miles northwest of Slidell on S. Perimeter Road and is visible from Interstate 12 just outside the gates of Camp Villere.
"I’m excited to celebrate the start of construction at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery," said Lane Carson, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. "Thanks to the support of Governor Jindal, Louisiana National Guard, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery Grant Program, this project has finally become a reality and will provide veterans in Southeast Louisiana with a dignified final resting place."
"As a proud member of an organization with a large population of veterans, we understand the importance of honoring those who have served", said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard. "The Louisiana National Guard will always continue to support our nation's veterans, and I am pleased that we were able to provide the land for this project. Our motto is "Protect What Matters" and this certainly applies to those who have fought for our many freedoms both home and abroad."
Tree and debris clearing of the site began in October, and the cemetery is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013. An $8.3 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs will fund the initial costs to develop the cemetery. Initial development will include construction of a main entrance, a combined administration and public information center, a maintenance facility, roads, an assembly area, and other supporting infrastructure.
In addition to breaking ground on the new cemetery, the Governor also highlighted previous actions his administration has taken to support veterans: