New Vet Cemetery to be Built in Fairbanks

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by Marissa Silver

 Anchorage - Families of deceased veterans in Fairbanks will soon be able to visit their loved ones closer to home.

 
The state of Alaska has closed on land, which has been designated to build a veterans cemetery.
 
The 320 acre land will be located on a fox hilltop.
 
The land came from local entrepreneurs John and Ramona Reeves who provided the land.
 
This new cemetery means a lot for veterans and families living in the Fairbanks area.
 
"Veterans right now are 300 miles away or a flight down to Sitka to be able to get buried in a veteran's cemetery and in this case the family can just drive over to the local cemetery, so it's a big win," said Alaska Senate Majority Leader Charlie Huggins.
 
There are already national veterans cemeteries in Anchorage and Sitka, so building one in the interior of the state will really benefit those in that area.
 
An interpretive display will also be built at the location since it is the ending point of the famous Davidson Ditch.
 

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