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NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY OF THE PACIFIC


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99 open grave sites kept under wraps

Veterans organizations are dismayed to learn that burial spaces are available, and wonder why they weren't informed sooner

By William Cole

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 06, 2014

~~<p>For more than two decades, word was that the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl was at capacity for in-ground burials.</p>
<p>The grand veterans cemetery atop an extinct volcanic cinder cone was established in 1949 and contains 29,342 grave sites for burial of caskets, 3,994 for in-ground cremated remains and 11,380 spaces in columbarium walls for inurnment of cremated remains, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, which oversees Punchbowl.</p>
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For more than two decades, word was that the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl was at capacity for in-ground burials.

The grand veterans cemetery atop an extinct volcanic cinder cone was established in 1949 and contains 29,342 grave sites for burial of caskets, 3,994 for in-ground cremated remains and 11,380 spaces in columbarium walls for inurnment of cremated remains, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, which oversees Punchbowl. Login for more...



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