The Iowa Veterans Cemetery is located 10 miles west of Des Moines, Iowa in Dallas County near the community of Van Meter (Interstate 80, Exit 113). It provides burial benefits for honorably discharged veterans, their spouses, and eligible dependents. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 11, 2006. Construction began in late July 2007. The cemetery was dedicated on July 3, 2008 with interments beginning on July 7, 2008.