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Quantico National Cemetery, which sits at the southern edge of Prince William County near Triangle, recently opened a new administration building at the cemetery’s main entrance off Joplin Road. The building houses a director’s office, an operations center, staff offices, a multi-purpose room, public information center and public restrooms.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 26, the Quantico Marine Corps Band opened the proceedings by playing the national anthem followed by the Marine Base Quantico Color Guard, which presented the colors as audience members recited the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
Steven E. Fezler, the director of Quantico National Cemetery, spoke at the ceremony and said the building was a new “national treasure.” “Today is to celebrate a fresh start. More importantly it’s a day to thank those who shared in creating this purposeful structure.”
Prince William County’s Potomac District Supervisor Maureen S. Caddigan agreed that the building enhanced the cemetery. “This new building is going to be wonderful for the families of the service members and the thousands of others who visit Quantico National Cemetery every year. We’re all so proud of this cemetery and all of the people who work so hard here to honor our veterans and provide consolation to their grieving families.”
Steve L. Muro, the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs with the National Cemetery Administration, which oversees 131 national cemeteries, said the new building was a “shrine that needed to stand out in the community” that befitted the cemetery.
Other new improvements to the site include the cortege, or funeral procession lanes, which will keep traffic from backing up onto Joplin road. Also, the cemetery’s gravesite locater has been moved outside, which will allow people to find the graves of those they’d like to visit even if the building is closed.
More information about Quantico National Cemetery is located on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website.
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