Alabama National Cemetery sees little impact from government shutdown

Published 10:33 am Thursday, October 3, 2013

By AMY JONES / Associate Editor

MONTEVALLO — As the federal government shutdown continues, it’s “business as normal” at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.

Cemetery Director Quincy Whitehead said all the cemetery’s employees are working, and there has been no shortage in funds since the shutdown began.

“We’re still operating as we did a month ago,” Whitehead said.

Whitehead said it is possible that if the shutdown continues, interments at the cemetery may have to happen on a reduced schedule. Alabama National Cemetery officials have received no word on what that reduced schedule would entail.

However, since the cemetery only sees seven to 10 interments a week, a reduced schedule wouldn’t have a major impact, she said.

“Some national cemeteries do 30 a day, some do one or two a day. We’re kind of on the lower end of that, so the families most likely will not see a major change in how we do things,” she said.

Whitehead said she’s keeping an eye on the situation in Washington, but is keeping her focus on local happenings.

“We work for the government, but that’s happening in D.C. and we need to keep our focus on the families that are coming through here,” she said.