Friday, August 11, 2000

Grant County may be site of vets cemetery

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WILLIAMSTOWN — The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing the development of up to four more state veterans cemeteries, including a site in Grant County.

        Veterans of World War II are dying in the United States at the rate of 1,000 to 1,500 each day, department officials said. State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, said Thursday that Veterans Affairs Commissioner Les Beavers and members of his staff recently visited the Grant County site, just south of Williamstown off Interstate 75.

        “The site, something between 50 and 100 acres, is controlled by the Grant County Industrial Authority, and the county tourism commission originally had planned to use it but is now willing to donate it to the state,” Mr. Adams said.

        “It's a prime site, less than a mile from I-75,” he said.

        “The Veterans Affairs office is looking for a site that would serve the urban and suburban Northern Kentucky area, and the Lexington area.”

        Mr. Adams said Mr. Beavers told him the cost of each cemetery would be about $4 million, funded by federal grants. The state would maintain the cemetery.

        The state has a veterans cemetery near Lexington in Jessamine County, but officials say it is nearly filled.

        A veterans cemetery is under construction near Hopkinsville, and another near Fort Knox is in the planning stage.

        Other sites being considered are near Flemingsburg and Mayfield.

        Richard Patterson, executive director of the Disabled American Veterans, said from national DAV headquarters in Cold Spring that most of the remaining World War II veterans will be dying within 10 to 15 years.

        “I commend the state for this plan,” he said.

        “Nothing could be more appropriate or fitting for a single group than having resting places for our veterans, especially the World War II vets.

        “Our membership is still mostly World War II and Vietnam vets,” Mr. Patterson said.


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