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8 Million Dollars for Eastern WA Veteran Cemetery

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RICHLAND, Wash. - An eight million dollar cemetery is almost a reality for veterans in Eastern Washington.

The state Senate unanimously approved a veterans cemetery to be built near Spokane. 

The House of Representatives approved the plan in February.

In order to make it law the Governor Gregoire must sign the bill.  She has been one of the main supporters of an Eastern Washington veterans cemetery.

There are 140,000 veterans living in Eastern Washington.  Washington has the Tohma National Cemetery in Kent.

Supporters of the cemetery believe residents on the west side of the state also deserve there own site.

Some Richland veterans said they are happy about news of the cemetery but wish it was a little closer to the Tri-Cities.

The government will reportedly reimburse the state's construction cost.  State, federal and local money will help pay for operational costs.

A ground breaking ceremony is expected on Veterans Day 2008.  There are two sites southwest of Spokane that are being considered.