The Massachusetts National Cemetery was dedicated on October 11, 1980 and became the third new national cemetery to open in nearly 30 years. Calverton N.C.
in New York
, and Riverside N.C.
, were the first and second, respectively. The site was officially named the Veterans Administration National Cemetery of Bourne, Mass.
, but over time the lengthy appellation changed in practice, if not in fact, to simply, "Massachusetts National Cemetery".
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