Quest to bring a veterans cemetery to Northern Utah gaining steam

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OGDEN — Prospects for a veterans cemetery in Northern Utah are getting more realistic by the day, says a longtime Ogden military advocate who’s leading the charge to build such a facility.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has tentatively approved a site for a federal veterans cemetery — an approximately 25-acre plot of land in an undisclosed area north of Interstate 84 in the southeast Ogden area.

Terry Schow, Vietnam veteran and former executive director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs, said the landowner has expressed interest in donating the site, free of charge.

The VA’s National Cemetery Administration provides burial and memorial benefits for veterans and eligible family members and maintains and operates 136 cemeteries in 40 states and Puerto Rico. The administration is also responsible for 33 soldier’s lots and monument sites. The Northern Utah site is being scouted by locals, but the VA must approve of and commit to the site.
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