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National cemetery planned
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ALAMEDA (AP) — The U.S. Navy has transferred hundreds of acres of land to the Department of Veterans Affairs for an outpatient clinic and national cemetery that will eventually house the remains of 300,000 veterans.

The Alameda Naval Air Station, which closed in 1997, is now called Alameda Point and is in the eastern San Francisco Bay.

The San Jose Mercury News reports the U.S. Navy transferred 624 acres for the $210 million project to the Department of Veterans Affairs Monday.

The clinic will offer health care for up to 9,000 veterans and will also serve active duty Air Force and Coast Guard members.

The new cemetery will include only a columbarium, where ashes can be interred, but it’s much needed because the national cemeteries in the San Francisco Bay Area are closed to new internments.