The Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery is getting a new columbarium, thanks to a $658,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Rhode Island Division of Veterans Affairs will be awarded the grant, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today, and with it will build a third columbarium at the Cemetery. The columbarium will have 2,160 niches for cremation urns.
According to Kim Ripoli, Associate Director of the Division of Veterans Affairs in the Department of Human Services, more and more veterans are choosing to be cremated. She adds, "As veterans and their families make these decisions, we want to be able to honor their choices and to have facilities at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery that are worthy of Rhode Island's veterans."
Governor Chafee applauded the men and women of our military, acknowledging that, "[they] have sacrificed so much for our state. Rhode Island must be a state that honors and respects them by doing all we can both during and after their service."
The Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter contains 1,300 niches and 37,620 gravesites across 338 acres, along with 31 monuments dedicated to veterans.