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Federal Government Acquires Final Land Parcels for New York Veterans Cemetery

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    Federal Government Acquires Final Land Parcels for New York Veterans Cemetery
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    ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 21: American flags are shown after being placed by members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment at the graves of U.S. soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in preparation for Memorial Day May 21, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. "Flags-In" has become an annual ceremony since the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) was designated to be an Army's official ceremonial unit in 1948 (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    What to Know

    • The U.S. government has acquired the two final land parcels needed for a New York veterans' cemetery

    • Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to begin work on the Western New York National Cemetery

    • The cemetery in Pembroke will serve Buffalo and Rochester areas

    The U.S. government has acquired the two final land parcels needed for a New York veterans' cemetery that will eventually ease a burden for thousands of military families.

    Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer is now urging the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to quickly begin work on the Western New York National Veterans Cemetery.

    The cemetery in Pembroke will serve the Buffalo and Rochester areas. Schumer says many families now have to travel about 100 miles to the closest veterans' cemetery, in Bath, New York.

    According to the senator, the VA said previously that it aimed to start construction about six months after the final land purchases and open an early-use burial area in 2019.

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