Teary goodbyes as 12 veterans were laid to rest at this new Florida cemetery Screenshot/WFTV

A new veterans cemetery is now open in Mims, Fla. The 318-acre Cape Canaveral National Cemetery is expected to become the final resting place of more than 160,000 veterans over the next 100 years.

The remains of the first 12 veterans were laid to rest, Tuesday.

“Today we accept the remains of your loved ones, 12 heroes who will be laid to rest here,” said Cape Canaveral National Cemetery Director Don Murphy, as he addressed the families.

These are the 12 service members buried there. They were from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

United States Army

Private First Class Richard Diamond
Sergeant Isidore Rodriguez
Technical Sergeant 4 Carter Woolsey

United States Marine Corps

Lance Corporal Julian McGlumphy

United States Navy

Electricians Mare 2nd Class Edward Backiel
Yeoman 2nd Class Fausto Castrodad
Aviation Electricians Mate 3rd Class Irwin Cohen

United States Air Force

Major Edwin Cullity
Technical Sergeant John Garvey
Airman 2nd Class Theodore Glaser
Staff Sergeant Edward Guthrie

United States Coast Guard

Engineman 3rd Class Kenneth Howard

The ceremony marked the opening of the 134th national cemetery.

(H/T Bay News 9)

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