Omaha National Cemetery Director Cindy Van Bibber will host an orientation meeting Friday in Bellevue for veterans and other interested people who would like to serve on a support committee for the new cemetery.

The purpose of the support committee will be to help the cemetery achieve the status of "national shrine" through beautification efforts, according to a news release from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The committee also will help plan and conduct major ceremonies and special events at the cemetery.

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Bellevue University Veterans Services Center, 2108 Harvell Circle, Bellevue.

Omaha National Cemetery is under construction at Highway 50/South 144th Street and Schram Road in western Sarpy County. The first phase of construction will develop 5,000 gravesites on 35 acres and include an assembly area, memorial walkway, committal shelters, public information center and several buildings. When it is complete, the cemetery will encompass 235 acres with space for 112,000 gravesites.

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