New columbarium opens at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A new building with vaults to house cremation urns has opened at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, state officials and veterans' services organizations attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Columbarium No. 3 at the cemetery in Exeter on Monday.

Chafee said the celebration marked a continuation of the state's efforts to serve veterans and their families.

The new columbarium contains 2,160 niches. It is the third columbarium for veterans at the cemetery. A $658,000 federal grant paid for the construction.

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