Alabama National Cemetery Montevallo

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

A ceremony marked Memorial Day at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.

U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus was among the leaders at the event Monday morning in Shelby County.

The Republican congressman worked for years to obtain funding for the cemetery, which was authorized nine years ago.

Located beside a Colonial-style attraction called American Village, the cemetery will eventually include about 480 acres. The first phase will have room for the remains of more than 11,000 veterans.

Alabama is participating with other states in the Wreaths Across America program to honor veterans and their families.

Gov. Robert Bentley will join other state officials along with veterans and their families for a wreath-laying ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the state Capitol auditorium.

Officials in other states and in Washington will hold ceremonies at the same time Monday. The state Department of Veterans Affairs says the ceremonies promote a week-long celebration of veterans and their families.