CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Military families won't have to travel as far to pay respects totheir fallen heroes. It's all thanks to a successful mission tobring a veterans cemetery to western New York.
It's a long-awaited victory for those who've lost their loves atwar. Last year, New York Senator Charles Schumer joined localveterans to push for the designation of Pine Lawn Cemetery inCheektowaga as a veterans cemetery.
The closest veterans cemetery is 100 miles away in the SteubenCounty village of Bath. On Tuesday, Sen. Schumer announced a newcemetery will be created right here in our area. Sen. Schumer saysit's time western New York has its own final resting place for itswar dead.
"Our long fight has come to fruition. It is done. They havechosen the location for the cemetery, which I think is quite a goodone, and veterans will know that they can be buried with the truehonor that they deserve for risking their lives for our country,"said Sen. Schumer.
Erie County has the highest concentration of veterans in upstateNew York. Sen. Schumer is aiming to have a new veterans cemeteryopened by 2013.
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