What Is Some Information on the Massachusetts National Cemetery?


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Massachusetts National Cemetery is located on Cape Cod in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, a little over 60 miles south of Boston. It was dedicated in 1980 as part of the National Cemetery System run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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What Is Some Information on the Massachusetts National Cemetery?
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The official name of the Massachusetts National Cemetery is the Veterans Administration National Cemetery of Bourne, Massachusetts. The cemetery was part of an expansion of the National Cemetery System, which was established when the U.S. Congress passed the National Cemetery Act in 1973 and transferred existing U.S. Army cemeteries to Veterans Affairs. One of the requirements of the Act is that the federal government must use land it already owns to establish new national cemeteries, and the land where the Massachusetts cemetery lies used to be part of the adjacent Otis Air Force Base.

Massachusetts National Cemetery has a memorial trail, as well as an Avenue of Flags, where flags donated during burials are flown on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and other special occasions. There are several unknown soldiers buried at the cemetery, including one who was found during highway construction in South Carolina in the 1980s and identified through his buttons as a member of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The cemetery is open for visitation every day from dawn until dusk, as of August 2015.

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