HARWOOD, N.D. -

Sen. John Hoeven and the Department of Veterans Affairs have secured funding for the first national Veteran's cemetery in North Dakota.

The cemetery will take up nearly five acres of land in Harwood and will serve more than 24,000 veterans and their families within 75 miles of Fargo.

It will be open to all members of the armed forces who have met active duty service requirements.

Hoeven says the cemetery is all about helping veterans and their families.

"Making sure our veterans have the services they need close to home, whether it's healthcare or long term care or for example, a cemetery where it's close so that they can be buried there and their families can come and remember them and thank them for all they do for us," said Sen. Hoeven.

John Knapp has been selected to serve as director.

He is also the director of Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota.

Construction is expected to start in 2017.