Georgia National Cemetery
The Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. The land for the cemetery was donated by land developer and World War II veteran, Scott Hudgens. J. M. Wilkerson Construction Company, Inc., of Marietta, Ga., was awarded the construction contract in December 2004. In addition to an entrance area, an information center, administration and maintenance building, public restrooms, flag plaza, shelters for committal services, the project includes a total of 33,000 full-casket gravesites, 3,000 in-ground sites for cremation remains and 3,000 columbaria niches for cremation remains.
The 2016 Columbarium Addition
In November of 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs and General Contractor Osprey Management of Sandy Springs started work on a new Columbarium in the cemetery. Together with North Georgia Grading, Phoenix Crane’s 275ton Linkbelt ATC3275 assisted with setting large concrete chambers weighing 31,000 each into pre-dug compartments in the ground.