The Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Waynesville is a little-known and underutilized option for veterans, according to members of the Assistance Association for Missouri Veterans Cemetery. Only 25 acres of the 230 acres donated by Fort Leonard Wood for a cemetery have been developed, so there is plenty of room for expansion when veterans and their spouses discover and begin using the cemetery located just east of the 156 exit of I-44. Above, sunset at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Waynesville is seen through pine trees that frame the cemetery.
It is a beautifully landscaped place. Pine trees, a fountain and a circular columbarium compliment the white marble headstones placed on a hill that gently slopes.
“There’s a lot of veterans I run into all the time that don’t even know that it exists let alone know what kind of benefits it can get for them,” Howard Basnett said.
That is the only problem the Assistance Association for the Missouri Veterans Cemetery sees with the Missouri Veterans Cemetery located just east of the 156 of I-44 at Waynesville.
Dr. Virgie Cole-Mahan, president and Air Force veteran, Howard Harrill and Marvin Basnett, Army veterans, are on the board of the Assistance Association.
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