A new national cemetery accepting casket burials for veterans was inaugurated in San Diego Monday.
The Miramar National Cemetery was consecrated, meaning the grounds were blessed. Representatives from several religious groups took part in the ceremony.
Miramar also performed its first ten interments of deceased veterans.
When Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery closed for casketed burials in 1966, the only other option for local veterans was Riverside National Cemetery.
Miramar will provide burial space for the next 50 years. They have 168,000 burial sites alloted for the cemetery.