PEMBROKE, N.Y. (WIVB)–More than a decade of work done in honor of Western New York Veterans came together.

Veterans will now be able to be buried in a national cemetery, honoring their service and sacrifice right here in the area.

Before today, Veterans who wanted to be buried with honors would have to be in a cemetery located hours away. But, not everyone was happy about today’s ceremony.

Senator Chuck Schumer was on hand today for the dedication of the new cemetery. He’s been working on this project for 10 years.

Schumer says this will be the first of its kind for the Buffalo-Rochester area and is much closer than Bath National Cemetery in Steuben County.

“Western New York families, Rochester area families will not have to travel hundreds of miles to pay their respects to those who passed on after serving our country,” Schumer said.

The cemetery is located on Indian Falls Road and will allow more than 77,000 veterans and family members in the western and finger lake region to have a military burial.