This 479-acre national cemetery is in the Birmingham area and will serve veterans' needs for at least the next 50 years. The cemetery is located at 3133 Highway 119, 15 miles south of Birmingham, just north of the town of Montevallo and west of Interstate Highway 65. In July 2007, the Department of Veterans Affairs purchased the site for approximately $8 million and awarded a contract in September 2007 to Civil Consultants, Inc. to design the new cemetery. The cemetery currently has 54 developed acres and includes all facilities necessary to provide dignified and honorable burials. Burial options include in-ground casketed burials, above-ground columbarium niches for cremains and in-ground burial for cremains. Cemetery facilities include a public information center complex with an electronic gravesite locator, water fountains and public restrooms. Alabama National Cemetery also provides a maintenance facility, a cemetery entrance area, a flag assembly area, a memorial walkway and two committal shelters.