If you plan to pay your respects to a veteran buried at Richmond Memorial Park on Memorial Day, stop by the park’s office for free decorative flags to place on graves.
Memorial Day is May 28.
Additional spaces have been added to the veterans section.
Because of the lack of burial space and the distance of a national cemetery, Richmond Memorial Park has expanded the veterans section to accommodate veterans, spouses and families. Proper proof of honorable discharge is required to receive a free space.
While veterans can claim free spaces, their spouses and other family members much purchase grave sites if they want to be buried with their veteran. The veterans need only pay a one-time maintenance fee of $100, which goes into a trust and is used to maintain the grounds year round.
Richmond Memorial Park is located on Highway 74 east in Rockingham, and consists of 25 acres which opened in 1951. There are three and a half additional acres on which the park can expand if needed.
Office coordinator Joann Watson did not disclose how much the graves would cost the family members of veterans but said they would work out payments if needed.
According to Watson, the newly opened section of veterans graves offer about 116-120 spaces. The veterans section was opened in 1998.
The park has two full-time maintenance personnel who provide upkeep for the graves and the park.
The park’s office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For questions call the office at 895-2778.