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(wgvu) - The head of the Veterans Affairs
Department says American deaths in Iraq make this a "poignant
time" for all veterans and their families.
But he says it's the dying off of the World War Two generation
that's prompting the federal government's biggest cemetery-building
boom since the Civil War.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson was in Michigan today
for the dedication of the Great Lakes National Cemetery.
The 544-acre site is in Oakland County's Holly Township, about
40 miles northwest of Detroit.
It has room for about 127-thousand graves and enough space for
50 years or so.
Burials at the cemetery started in October 2005.
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