Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

FILE - Spc. Alexandre Bartels lays pennies on the headstones of the fallen at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Gabe Wolf | Herald

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a grant of $2 million in improvements to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, officials announced this week.

U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, announced the grant in a news release.

“The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery provides a reverent final resting place for Central Texans who have faithfully devoted their lives to defending our freedoms. These important improvements to the veterans cemetery will cover over 10 acres, and serve 150,000 veterans who have called Central Texas home,” Carter said.

The funding will go to an improved irrigation system and new fencing at the cemetery, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The closest national cemetery is in Dallas, about 150 miles from Killeen.

The state veterans cemeteries are run by the Texas Veterans Land Board.

About 7,000 veterans and family members are buried at the Killeen cemetery.

“As we continue to humbly cherish and develop this special site, may we learn from the heroism, integrity and wisdom of those who have come before us,” Carter said. “Our nation is forever thankful to all who faithfully answered the call to serve.”

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