Hoeven: Land Transfer Finalized to Expand Fargo National Cemetery to 35 Acres

Senator Worked with VA, Landowners to Advance Negotiations, Ensure Adequate Burial Space for Years to Come

FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the sale of 30 acres has been finalized between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and local landowners to expand the Fargo National Cemetery’s (FNC) footprint from 5 acres to 35 acres, following his efforts to ensure the cemetery has adequate space for the future. Specifically, Hoeven:

  • Began working on this priority after hearing from local veterans groups that the cemetery would run out of room sooner than anticipated.
  • Worked through his role on the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee to ensure the timely completion of the required NEPA review.
  • Repeatedly met with local leaders, landowners and VA officials, including Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Matt Quinn, to advance negotiations over the land sale.

“We’re working to provide the best federal veterans cemetery, matching the quality we’ve built at our state-run veterans cemetery, and this 30-acre expansion is a key part of these efforts,” said Senator Hoeven. “We appreciate the landowners and Under Secretary Quinn for working to make this land transfer a reality, as it will provide needed space for veterans in the Red River Valley and the surrounding region to be laid to rest with honor, now and far into the future.”

At the same time, Hoeven continues his efforts to ensure FNC has the facilities needed to properly accommodate North Dakota’s veterans and their families.