Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Jefferson Barracks among cemeteries getting improvements

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery will get a $1.4 million face-lift using federal stimulus funds, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday. Jefferson Barracks is among more than 100 cemeteries and similar sites getting improvements through the American Recovery and Restoration Act, according to the VA.

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At Jefferson Barracks, the funds will be used to replace the chapel siding, erect a storage building and replace roads.

The cemetery will also buy vehicles and equipment to be used for maintenance and interments.

In Illinois, North Alton Confederate Cemetery will get a smaller share of American Recovery and Restoration Act funds, which will be used to repair a monument dating to 1910.

The VA said North Alton Confederate Cemetery and Mound City National Cemetery near Cairo, Ill., will split $271,000 to repair one monument each but did not say how the money would be split.

Elsewhere in Missouri, Jefferson City National Cemetery will get $45,000 to repair an 1873 monument and Springfield National Cemetery will get $63,802 to repair a fence.

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