Alabama National Cemetery
Artist conception for the entrance at Alabama National Cemetery
|Owned by||United States Department of Veterans Affairs|
|Size||479 acres (194 ha)|
|Find a Grave||Alabama National Cemetery|
Alabama National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in Montevallo, Alabama, 15 miles south of Birmingham, Alabama. It encompasses 479 acres (194 ha), and was projected to begin interments on June 25, 2009.
The Mobile National Cemetery was closed to interments in the 1990s. The other Alabama site is Fort Mitchell National Cemetery near Phenix City, 150 miles southeast. The Veterans Administration was authorized to establish six new burial sites by the National Cemetery Act of 2003. Areas not served by an existing National Cemetery and containing at least 170,000 veteran residents included Bakersfield, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Jacksonville, Florida; Sarasota County, Florida; southeastern Pennsylvania and Columbia- Greenville, South Carolina.
Initial construction began in November 2008 and created space for 1,000 casket burials and 1,000 in-ground cremations. Except for minor irrigation work, construction was completed in early June 2009. The grounds were consecrated June 18, 2009, one week before burials were scheduled to commence. A second construction stage is scheduled to start in late 2009 and will include an additional 8,100 casket sites, 2,100 in-ground/above-ground cremation sites and 2,700 columbarium niches.
The first phase of the cemetery includes an entrance, roadways within the section, permanent buildings for administration and maintenance, a public information center and two shelters for services during inclement weather. Infrastructure consisting of drainage, fencing, landscaping, irrigation and utilities is also being built.
- Daniels, Malcomb:  Birmingham News, June 18, 2009-First burials begin June 25 at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo
-  Department of Veterans Affairs, Burial & Memorials, New National Cemeteries
- Nolen, Corey:  Shelby County Reporter, June 19, 2009-National Cemetery consecration
-  Department of Veteran's Affairs, August 30, 2007-VA Targets $9.5 Million for Alabama Programs