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Veteran's Cemetary

RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) - Officials will dedicate a new cemetery for veterans tomorrow near Fort Knox.

The 98-acre Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central will likely be the final resting place for most Louisville-area veterans and their families.

The new space comes at a time when four of Kentucky's seven national cemeteries are full.

That's two in Louisville, one in Lexington and a fourth in Danville.

Kentucky has about 360-thousand living veterans. The National Cemetery Administration has mandated that most veterans should live within 75 miles of a veterans cemetery by 2012.

The first state-run cemetery opened at Hopkinsville in March 2004 and already has about 600 graves. The one at Fort Knox will be the second.

An official with the state Department of Veterans Affairs says a third in Grant County will open by 2008.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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