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Cuomo calls for state-run veterans cemetery in New York

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants a New York state Veterans Cemetery and will introduce a bill that should help get federal funding for such a facility.

“We owe the men and women who served in our nation’s military the greatest debt of gratitude — and we owe it to those who have passed away a place of rest in New York alongside their fellow service members,” Cuomo said in a prepared statement on Sunday.

“By establishing the state’s first veterans cemetery, we can provide a permanent monument to these heroes who’ve made our freedom possible and provide their family members — and people from across the state — a place to visit to honor their memories.”

In addition to legislation aimed at bringing in federal funding, the governor also wants to set up a committee to develop a plan and settle on a location for the cemetery.

That will be chaired by the director of the state Division of Veterans’ Services.

New York is one of a handful of states that does not have a state Veterans Cemetery.

Veterans and their families have advocated for the establishment of a such a cemetery for many years. But any site considered must first set aside 15 years’ …read more

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