EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Thousands of U.S. Armed Forces veterans lie at rest in the Eagle Point National Cemetery, a tradition that began in the 1950s. Now there will be room for thousands more.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced it had made the purchase of nine acres adjacent to the existing grounds in order to expand the current 43-acre National Cemetery.
There was another addition added in 2016. The cemetery doesn't plan to start using that land for burials for another two years. The cemetery director Andrew Matthews said that land alone will last them about 20 years. Then this new land will be utilized.
“Eagle Point National Cemetery serves more than 55,000 Veterans and their family members in the White City and Eagle Point area,” Matthews said. “This expansion will ensure they have access well into the future to the VA burial benefits they have earned through service to our nation.”
The VA said that it bought the land from Thalacker Living Trust for $200,000 on Jan. 25, 2019. The agency estimates that the additional acres will make room for at least 11,000 new grave sites — enough to sustain the cemetery for at least 40 years.
Originally created as an addition to the VA Domiciliary in White City in 1952, the cemetery became the White City National Cemetery in 1973 when administration was transferred to the National Cemetery System. In 1985, it was renamed again to Eagle Point National Cemetery "to convey a more accurate sense of its location."