Region 8 Veterans' cemetery now open for interments

BIRDEYE, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 Cemetery is now open for interments. According to the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, the Arkansas State Veterans' Cemetery at Birdeye is open.

The cemetery, located in the community of Birdeye in Cross County, will be the final resting place for veterans, their spouses and dependents. It is the second veterans' cemetery operated by the state.

"This cemetery was established to honor all veterans and their eligible family members," Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Director David Fletcher said.

"Almost five years of hard work has resulted in the completion of one of the most beautiful veterans' cemeteries in the United States," Fletcher said.

The 100 acre property was purchased by the state in 2008. Construction began in the fall of 2010, following a groundbreaking ceremony with Governor Mike Beebe. The first interment was conducted in February when Colonel Thomas Blake, an Air Force veteran, was laid to rest.

Veterans are not required to be Arkansas residents to be interred there.

A dedication ceremony is scheduled at the cemetery for Friday, May 4 at 1 p.m. The event will be open to the public.

For more information on the Arkansas State Veterans' Cemetery at Birdeye, visit or call the cemetery directly at 870-588-4608.

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