Southern AZ Veteran’s Cemetery wins national award for appearance | News
The State veterans’ cemetery in Sierra Vista, Arizona recently received the “Excellence of Appearance Award” from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA).
“This is a great honor. Our staff has worked very, very hard to give our veterans and their dependents peace of mind knowing that their loved ones have been laid to rest at a place of dignity and honor”, said Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Interim Director Robert Barnes, in a news release about the award.
State Veterans Cemeteries are reviewed every three years by the VA and inspected on a number of items including headstone alignment, turf conditions, drainage, building and equipment maintenance, and general appearance.
Of the more than 80 National Cemetery Administration funded State Veterans Cemeteries across the country less than 10 percent have achieved this award.
The Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery was built in 2001. The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services operates the Sierra Vista Veterans’ Cemetery as well as State veteran homes in Tucson and Phoenix. Plans are underway for future State veteran cemeteries outside of Flagstaff and in Marana.