VA names national cemetery in Washington County

JONESBORO — Another area landmark is taking the name “Acadia.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week that the new cemetery now under construction in Jonesboro will be called Acadia National Cemetery.

The name was selected because federal law requires Veterans Administration properties, including cemeteries, to be named for the geographical area in which they are located, according to a VA press release issued Oct. 2.

“Except as expressly provided by law, a facility, structure or real property of the department, and a major portion (such as a wing or floor) of any such facility, structure or real property, may be named only for the geographic area in which the facility, structure, or real property is located,” reads the United States Code Title 28, Section 531, requirement relating to naming of department property.

The Veterans Administration does allow veterans and local leaders to suggest names, but Acadia National Cemetery was the name most closely aligned to federal law, says the release.

“We are pleased to expand burial service to veterans and their families in Maine,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This cemetery will help us reach veterans in the rural parts of the state who have not previously had reasonable access to a national or state cemetery.”

When completed, the 6.22-acre cemetery will provide 7,086 gravesites. There are 23,599 veterans who live within 75 miles of Machias, according to the news release.

The only other national cemetery in Maine is Togus National Cemetery in Chelsea, which is currently closed to new interments. Three state cemeteries in Maine also provide burial options for veterans.

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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