June 29 2018 06:05 AM

The grant will fund landscape, irrigation and supporting infrastructure along with a widened cortege lane.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, and National Cemetery Administration, Washington, has announced it has awarded Alabama a $274,393 grant for the expansion and improvement of the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort.

The grant will fund the construction of 430 in-ground cremains gravesites, a memorial wall containing 100 plaques, a widened cortege lane, landscape and irrigation and supporting infrastructure, according to Alabama Today.

The project will develop approximately 0.5 acres and provide continued service for approximately 56,000 veterans, spouses and eligible family members.

The closest national or state veterans cemetery to Spanish Fort is Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida, approximately 57 miles away.