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West Point Cemetery Will Undergo Multi-Million Dollar Expansion

July 13, 2016

The historic resting site of some of the nation’s most distinguished soldiers is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion to make room for more burial space.


The cemetery only has 40 burial spaces remaining, but with the $3.5 million expansion, 308 burial sites will be added, which is set to be completed by March, the Times Herald-Record reported.

Officials at the U.S. Military Academy informed the academy’s Board of Visitors on Monday that an $18 million expansion is expected but still needs approval. The expansion would accommodate burials until 2066.

The cemetery is the final resting place for more than 8,000 West Point graduates and cadets, soldiers assigned to West Point, and their immediate families.

Thomas Surdyke, class of 2019, is the most recent cadet buried there after rescuing a swimmer off Long Island.