SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Since he was killed in Afghanistan 18 months ago, the ashes of Marine Sgt. Michael Guillory have remained at his mother Gina's Pearl River home.

With the opening of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, that soon will change.

The Advocate reports Guillory's remains will be the first to be interred at the new burial ground, which had it's official opening on Thursday.

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs received more than $8 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to establish the cemetery, which is adjacent to Camp Villere just north of Interstate 12 in Slidell.

Sgt. Guillory's burial is scheduled for June 21.

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