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New National Cemetery to Be Dedicated Downeast

JONESBORO, Maine - A new national cemetery will be dedicated Saturday in the Down East town of Jonesboro.

The 6.2 acre Acadia National Cemetery will be the second Veterans Administration National Cemetery in Maine, after Togus National Cemetery in Kennebec County. However, new burial plots at Togus have not been available for several decades.

The new cemetery is expected to accommodate about 7000 interments from Washington, Hancock, and Penobscot Counties.

The land for the cemetery was donated in 2017 by local balsam wreath maker, Worcester Wreath Company, which is known for starting the Wreaths Across America project to put wreaths on veterans' graves each December.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie will be in attendance, as well as Maine Sen. Susan Collins-R.