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Grant Will Cover Construction of N.M. Veterans' Cemetery

Wed November 08, 2017 - West Edition #23
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Gallup is receiving a grant of $6.7 million to fund construction of its own veterans cemetery.
(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal photo)
Gallup is receiving a grant of $6.7 million to fund construction of its own veterans cemetery. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal photo)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) Gallup is getting its own veterans cemetery after a multi-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan said that the grant of $6.7 million will fund construction.

The closest veterans' cemetery is in Santa Fe, some 200 mi. away.

Lawmakers said a national veterans' cemetery in Gallup will provide more convenient access to 19,000 vets and their families.

The grant will cover 443 pre-placed crypts, 140 in-ground cremation gravesites, 400 columbarium niches, a memorial wall and walkway and other aspects of the cemetery.

It's unclear when construction begins.