BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York is one of the few states that still doesn't have a state veterans cemetery, but Governor Andrew Cuomo hopes to change that.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day, Governor Cuomo announced the state's commitment to establish New York's first 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," Cuomo said in a statement Sunday.
"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 across the state — a place to visit to honor their memories."
No location has been decided on yet because any site considered must be able to set aside 15 years' worth of care costs before it is eligible.
To help streamline this project, Cuomo said he is planning on introducing legislation to get funding from the federal government that would cover these costs.