Camden County vets eligible for new cemetery space

A final resting place for veterans in Camden County will be dedicated later this spring.  

Harleigh Cemetery in Camden is best known as the site of Walt Whitman’s grave.  An 8-acre portion of the grounds facing the Cooper River is destined to be the final resting place for as many as 10,000 veterans.

Former Assemblyman Jack Conners, the director of the Camden County Office of Veteran Affairs, said it is a good deal for area veterans.

“The grave is free for the veteran, and the qualification is that you are a resident of Camden County at the time you were inducted or enlisted in the service and you settled in Camden County subsequent to your military service,” Conners said.

Spouses of qualifying veterans also are eligible for interment at the facility.

Camden County currently is home to about 30,000 veterans.  Conners says veterans can go to the cemetery or to the county’s Office of Veteran Affairs to sign up for a plot.

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