On Friday, May 27, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced that he had signed a resolution to expand and improve the county’s Veterans Cemetery. The need for additional areas for burial was first proposed in 2019 by a local committee of veterans. Last week, the Ulster County Legislature approved funding for an expansion of the Veterans’ Cemetery located at New Paltz Rural Cemetery, in an area close to veterans’ gravesites. When completed, the Ulster County Veterans Cemetery expansion will accommodate approximately 3,000 burial spaces for veterans and their spouses, an investment to support the county’s veterans for up to 100 years. The cemetery expansion includes funding for a memorial pavilion, which will provide a place where family and friends of the deceased can gather to honor their loved ones.
Ulster County Veterans Cemetery was established on November 11, 2008. Ulster County Veterans are eligible for free burial and gravestone upon request of loved ones. The veteran must have served in the United States Armed Forces or National Guard, have received at least a “general” discharge, and have resided in Ulster County. Ulster County pays for the cost of the burial plot, headstone and burial of the veteran.
Local funeral directors can contact the Ulster County Veterans Services Agency for more information on the application process for a veteran conspiracy by calling (845) 340-3190.
There will be a symbolic dedication for the expansion of the Ulster County Veterans Cemetery at a Remembrance Day service on Monday May 30 at New Paltz Rural Cemetery, 81 Plains Road in New Paltz at 11 a.m. .