Hundreds of acres of idle pastureland near the American Village in Montevallo is the likely location of north Alabama's first national cemetery.
Mike Elliott, director of cemetery construction for the Department of Veterans Affairs, toured the tract of land Tuesday.
But before final approval is given, he said the VA must perform environmental impact studies and soil tests.
Elliott said while a final decision on a site could be as long as a year away, burials could begin as early as 2007.
Last year Congress approved construction of six new national cemeteries. The VA says more than 212,000 veterans live within the target area for the cemetery that would extend from as far north as Huntsville to just north of Montgomery.
There are two national cemeteries in Alabama. Fort Mitchell National Cemetery near Phenix City is still open for burials. Mobile National Cemetery is full.