(SD)-Senate Passes Bill Tripling Size Of Black Hills National Cemetery
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that nearly triples the size of the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. A companion version of the cemetery expansion bill passed the House earlier.
Under the bill about 200 acres northwest of the cemetery will be transferred from the Bureau of Land Management to the VA and added to the current 107 acres along Interstate 90, allowing for long-term expansion.
The Black Hills National Cemetery, near Fort Meade, opened in 1948 and holds the remains and cremains of nearly 29,000 veterans and their families from generally western South Dakota, northwestern Nebraska, northeastern Wyoming, and southeastern South Dakota. There were 903 burials in fiscal 2017.
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