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Ardmore vet center gets funding for cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. (Sgt. Amber Smith / DoD) Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. (Sgt. Amber Smith / DoD)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- The first state-run cemetery for military veterans will soon be under construction in Ardmore.

With the help of Oklahoma's Department of Veterans Affairs, the Ardmore Veterans Center was able to secure a $5.7 million grant.

The cemetery will sit on 23 acres behind the Veterans Center.

"The thing you think about as a veteran is: You'd like to be together with other veterans, even at the point that you've been laid to rest at the end of your life," said Joel Kintsel executive director of the ODVA.

The department will receive the grant money in 2020, and the cemetery project should be completed within two to three years.

"I expect a lot of these guys that are here, that don't have nowhere to go or nobody to take care of them, yes, I think it's a good idea," said Franklin Jones, who served in the U.S. Navy.

Veterans Center administrator Shawn Kirkland added that he hopes the new Ardmore cemetery will encourage people from all over to pay their respects to those who fought for our country.

"The respect for veterans in this state and this area in particular is so high that people are going to want to come see something like this, and see the nation's heroes that we have here," Kirkland said.

When complete, the cemetery will be able to accommodate 32,000 graves.

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