Ahead of today’s (November 11) 100th anniversary of Veterans Day, Governor Cuomo has announced a new commitment to create New York’s first-ever State Veterans Cemetery.
New York is one of only a few states nationwide that does not have a State Veterans Cemetery, despite avocation from Veterans and their families for many years.
Any site considered must first set aside 15 years’ worth of perpetual care costs prior to moving forward with the selection process.
To help speed up the process, Cuomo will introduce legislation to streamline access to the federal funding necessary to create a State Veterans Cemetery.
“We owe the men and women who served in our nation’s military the greatest debt of gratitude — and we owe it to those who have passed away a place of rest in New York alongside their fellow service members,” Governor Cuomo said. “By establishing the state’s first veterans cemetery, we can provide a permanent monument to these heroes who’ve made our freedom possible and provide their family members — and people from across the state — a place to visit to honor their memories.”
The Governor also created a special committee that will oversee the development of the cemetery, including the site selection process.
More than 63,400 New Yorkers were killed in the line of duty during World War I, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars alone.
Currently, nearly 750,000 veterans currently live in New York State.