Governor Jindal Addresses Groundbreaking Ceremony for Veterans Cemetery in Leesville

November 9, 2010

LEESVILLE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal addressed the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville. Governor Jindal was joined by Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) Secretary Lane Carson, Louisiana State Senator John R. Smith, Louisiana State Representative James Armes, and Leesville Mayor C. Robert Rose.

Governor Jindal said, “Our brave veterans answered the call of duty in the name of our American values. Some have made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives for our freedom. Today’s groundbreaking is another step we can take to ensure our veterans can rest with dignity, but also to ensure that we forever honor their military service.”

Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery (CENLA Veterans Cemetery) is LDVA’s second cemetery site. The first LDVA cemetery is located in Keithville, LA and opened in 2007. The Leesville site is a total of 204 acres.

The development of the site is being funded by a grant from the federal Department of Veterans Affairs at a cost of $6.1 million.

Initial development will include construction of a main entrance, a combined administration and public information center, a maintenance facility, roads, an assembly area, and other supporting infrastructure.

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