BLACKFOOT, Idaho — Idaho is getting a second state veteran’s cemetery. The 40 acre property is under construction in Blackfoot, off Cromwell Lane, adjacent to State Hospital South.
Currently, the state has only one veteran’s cemetery, the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, located in Boise.
James A. Earp, the State Veterans Cemetery Bureau Chief, said the city of Blackfoot was selected, in part, because the cemetery would be located between Bonneville County and Bannock County, the two largest population centers in eastern Idaho.
Blackfoot Mayor, Marc Carroll, Blackfoot Cemetery Sexton Phillip Meline, and Blake Hawker met recently with Earp, to discuss progress on the project.
The progress report stated that there were no significant delays in construction and that the project had not yet been hampered by weather. Roads are currently being cut into the property and the project is starting to take shape.
The initial phase of construction is to develop up to 15-18 acres of the 38 acres and will include 500 preplaced crypts, 400 columbarium niches and 150 in-ground burial plots. When completed, the new state veterans cemetery in Blackfoot will serve over 20,000 eastern Idaho Veterans, their families, and eligible dependents.
Construction is on-track for a dedication ceremony scheduled for November 11, 2020, to coincide with Veterans Day.