The first burials at the new Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Bucks County are expected to begin in mid-January, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D., Pa.) has announced.

Dedicated late last year, the cemetery has been under construction since spring, with roads being built and and concrete vaults being installed for the first burials.

The 200-acre cemetery, with an expected capacity of almost 125,000 graves, is designed to serve veterans from the Philadelphia area.

About 350,000 veterans live in the eight-county Philadelphia region, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. - Inquirer staff