Fort Jackson National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located northeast of Columbia, South Carolina. It encompasses acquired from Fort Jackson, a United States Army Basic Training facility, and was dedicated on October 26, 2008.HistoryThe Veterans Administration was authorized to establish six new burial sites by the National Cemetery Act of 2003. Areas not served by an existing National Cemetery and containing at least 170,000 veteran residents included Bakersfield, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Jacksonville, Florida; Sarasota County, Florida; southeastern Pennsylvania and Columbia-Greenville, South Carolina.The Fort Jackson National Cemetery joins two existing civil war cemeteries in South Carolina, Florence National Cemetery and Beaufort National Cemetery.Site StatusInitial construction began in May, 2008 and created a 15acre burial area with temporary facilities. Stage 1A was completed in December, 2008, and the grounds were opened for burials in January, 2009. On July 9, 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a $10 million contract to develop stage 1B at the cemetery, with construction starting immediately on an entrance, roadways within the 50acre section, permanent buildings for administration and maintenance, a public information center and shelters for services during inclement weather. Infrastructure consisting of drainage, fencing, landscaping, irrigation and utilities is also being built. The section under development will provide 5,000 gravesites, including 4,200 pre-placed crypts, 5,000 in-ground cremation sites and 2,000 columbarium niches. Stage 1 is expected to be complete at the end of 2010 or early 2011.Arrange your visit to Fort Jackson National Cemetery and discover more family-friendly attractions in Columbia using our Columbia trip itinerary planner.
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I went to the cemetary around memorial day and wanted to pay my respects to all of the veterans who have passed before me and to offer a prayer for their souls more »
They greeted the family car as you enter, They treat you and your loved ones with the upmost respect. Service w. as very touching, provided some closure knowing my father was laid to rest in honor. I.... more »
Rest in peace pops i will miss you with all my heart ...a very clean and respectful peace for our brothers and sisters who put their life In Harm's Way
Quiet respectful cemetery that Honors American soldiers.
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