PEMBROKE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Local military families have waited for years for a place nearby to honor their loved ones. Monday they will learn more about plans to build a veterans’ cemetery in Genesee County.
Senator Charles Schumer will join local veterans at the site of the first and only Veterans’ Cemetery in the Buffalo -Rochester area on Monday.
The cemetery will save thousands of military families from having to travel about 100 miles to visit their loved ones. The closest cemetery is now in Bath.
Schumer will ask the federal government to name the cemetery after William J. Donovan, a legendary war hero who’s also known as the father of U.S. intelligence. He ran the Office of Strategic Services or (OSS) which became the CIA.
Donovan was the only American to have received the nations four highest awards. Monday morning’s announcement is just another step towards giving vets what they deserve.
Veterans from Monroe, Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, and Erie Counties, representatives from the American Legion, VFW, and local elected officials will join Schumer at 11 a.m. Monday on 1245 Indian Falls Road in Town of Pembroke.