Work begun on state veterans cemetery at Birdeye

BIRDEYE, Ark. (AP) - Work has begun on a second state-operated cemetery for armed-services veterans, at Birdeye in Cross County. Construction is being paid for with a $7 million federal grant, but the state will take over after the work is finished, paying maintenance and operations costs estimated at $300,000 a year.

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Director David Fletcher says the first 40 acres should be ready for graves by November of next year. The new state-operated cemetery for veterans joins one built in North Little Rock.

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