First state-run veterans cemetery opens in South Dakota

June 1, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has opened its first state-run veterans cemetery. Construction on the cemetery began late in 2019 and culminated with a ribbon cutting on Memorial Day.

The city of Sioux Falls donated 60 acres for the cemetery, which was funded with $600,000 from the state and $6 million from the federal government.

The cemetery is scheduled to begin interments this week. The first phase has space for more than 2,300 interments, including caskets, burial of cremains, a scattering garden and a columbaria.

The cemetery will eventually provide burial options for more than 28,000 veterans and their eligible dependents.