ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week joined the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs and the Maryland Department of General Services for the official dedication of a new administration building at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, which is the result of a federal-state partnership.
“Our veterans remind us every day of the immeasurable cost of war and the immense price of freedom, and we owe it to them to ensure that they have a final resting place that meets the high level of dignity and respect that they won,” Governor Hogan said. “Maryland is proud to have the honor of operating one of the nation’s largest state cemetery programs for veterans, and as long as I serve as governor, we will continue to do all we can to honor the service and sacrifice of our heroes.”
The cemetery received two grants totaling $15.9 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries Administration’s Veterans Cemetery Grant Program to move forward with a number of relief efforts. major expansion. The project includes a new 3,000 square foot administration building, the addition of 8,200 burial sites, as well as major renovations to the maintenance building, vehicle storage building and bulk storage building.
“We are grateful for our partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration and the Maryland Department of General Services,” said MDVA Secretary George Owings. “The entire project, including the addition of new burial sites, ensures our ability to continue to serve as the final resting place for those who have honorably served and their dependents.”
The new administration building provides space for the honor guard, who performs during funeral services, to practice their routines and drills, and the waiting room is more receptive to the families of loved ones who are buried at the cemetery. The new facility also provides a kiosk to locate burial plots.
“The DGS is proud and honored to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs on this project,” said DGS Secretary Ellington E. Churchill, Jr. “These men and women have served our great country, it is the the least we can do for these true American Heroes.
The project was completed in approximately 15 months, with 25% of the construction work being carried out by five Minority-Owned Business (MBE) companies and a small veteran-owned company, G&C Fab-Con, which accounted for 4, 5% of construction work.
The video of the inauguration ceremony can be viewed below.