Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery
The cemetery, located in the community of Birdeye, east of Cherry Valley in Cross County, is a final resting place for veterans, their spouses and eligible dependents. It is the second Veterans Cemetery operated by the state. The 100 acre property was purchased by the state in 2008. Construction began in the Fall of 2010 following a groundbreaking ceremony with Governor Mike Beebe. The first interment was conducted in February 2012, when Colonel Thomas Blake, an Air Force veteran, was laid to rest. Blake led a committee of individuals in selecting the land to build the cemetery. Veterans, family members, veteran service organization members, community members, and funeral home directors are encouraged to visit this cemetery. Burial pre-arrangements are encouraged.