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Last updated 1:09PM ET
July 17, 2018
WOUB Local News
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WV to get new veterans cemetery
(WOUB) - Governor Manchin has signed legislation authorizing West Virginia's first state-operated veterans cemetery.

The cemetery will be located in Institute on 300 acres of land donated by Dow Chemical.

The farmland, purchased in the 1940s, has never been used as a chemical dump.

The state Division of Veterans Affairs says a feasibility study determined that the property, which is just off Interstate 64, is the best location available.

The cost of maintaining the cemetery will come from lottery proceeds.

The only other active veterans' cemetery in the state is the West Virginia National Cemetery, which opened in 1987 in Pruntytown and is maintained by the federal government.

It replaced the Grafton National Cemetery, which dates to the Civil War and is closed to new burials.

Another veterans measure signed by Manchin yesterday allows volunteers who drive veterans to the hospital to collect per diem pay.
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