Mar 20, 2014 8:57 PM by Matt Prichard

Veterans cemetery moves forward

A veterans cemetery is headed for Southern Colorado, as project leaders met today to show off the future site.

"What we had to do was persuade the VA to change their rules so we could build the cemetery in Southern Colorado, we got that changed and then the money appropriated to be able to buy the site," said Colorado United States Senator, Michael Bennet. 

Senator Bennet met with veterans to get an idea of what the final product might look like, and although things are moving in the right direction he says there's still work to be done.

"It's very important and I'm glad to see that the VA has moved forward to purchase this piece of land, but we've got a lot more work to do and we'll get it done," said Senator Bennet. 

And those that have headed the fight since day one are hopeful the site can be open within the next few years.

"We thought that it was going to be in 2016, but I think it's going to be at the end of 2016, early 2017 before we actually open," said Pikes Peak Veterans Cemetery Committee spokesman, Victor Fernandez.

The cemetery will be located on Drennan Road and will sit on 473 acres of land.



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