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Gov. Gregoire Helps Dedicate New State Veterans Cemetery

MEDICAL LAKE Wash. - Washington's first state veterans cemetery officially opened this Memorial Day. Governor Chrisine Gregoire and other state leaders showed their support and gratitude of veterans at Monday morning's dedication ceremony.
 
"For years we have worked to create such a resting place closer to home for the 140,000 veterans of Eastern Washington," said Gov. Christine Gregoire.
 
The nearest veterans cemetery is in Kent, Washington. Having a state-run veteran's cemetery on the eastern side of the state is important to thousands of Washington veterans because their families are now able to honor them closer to home.
 
"To have something local for our families to come and our future family that have only heard of us will be able to come honor us, so it's a beautiful thing," said Rick Rounds, veteran.

The new cemetery sits on 120-acres of land. It is expected to hold between 70,000-80,000 burial sites before having to expand. An $8.2 million dollar federal grant helped fund the new cemetery.

*This web story was filed by Mike Perry.

 

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