New Cemetery Planned For Southern W.Va. Veterans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A second West Virginia cemetery for military veterans has the green light, thanks to a land donation from Dow Chemical Co. and the likelihood of $13 million in federal dollars.

Gov. Joe Manchin and U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced Thursday that the state has signed an agreement with Dow, which is donating 350 acres in Institute, an unincorporated area near Charleston.

Rockefeller says final federal approval, which will come with a grant to build the cemetery, is likely a few months away.

The cemetery would be the second veterans burial site in West Virginia, along with the Grafton National Cemetery in Taylor County.

Manchin and Rockefeller say the new site will meet a longtime demand for a veterans cemetery close to southern West Virginia.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Rodney Location: Leachtown, WV on Feb 27, 2010 at 03:35 AM
    Let us do some quick fact checking... this would be the THIRD National Cemetery. There are already two. One in Grafton, (full), and one near Romney. I have visited both. And as a veteran, speaking only for myself, and to "Roger": Don't park my remains where they will be rattled for all time, by an Interstate. Put them please, in an honorable, quiet resting home.
  • by Phillip Location: Davisville, Wood County on Feb 25, 2010 at 02:22 PM
    The location for the new cemetary is excellent. It's on good ground, will be easily accessible - especially to those in the southern and southeastern part of the state - not to mention counties close to Kanawha Co.; Jackson being one - and provides a fine optional resting place for our Veterans. All who were a part of this acquisition are to be commended. -Phillip C. Smith, member, American Legion Parkersburg Post 15
  • by Roger Location: Williamstown on Feb 18, 2010 at 05:37 PM
    Now let's go one step further. Let's use our interstate highways right-of-ways, on the other side of the fence, for veteran's cemeteries. Perhaps we would be less apt to send our sons and daughters off to needless wars where we've stuck our noses into the business of other countries. We'd need to drive these interstates and be constantly reminded of the cost of war by the long rows of tombstones.
  • by Roger Location: Williamstown on Feb 18, 2010 at 04:18 PM
    Good news. It is needed.
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