July 20, 2017 07:29 PM
(ABC 6 NEWS)-- Throughout history, veterans have made many sacrifices to protect our freedom, and places like the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery are making sure veterans are honored one last time.
When a military member dies whether it’s on the battlefield or at home their death is honored in a different way because of their service to the country.
Last year, The State Veteran’s Cemetery in Preston opened up, inviting local veterans and their families to visit.
Even after its opening, officials say many veterans and their families are still traveling out of the way for burial services.
“It’s convenient for them, there are areas that they may be able to utilize right now but it may be a four to five-hour drive for family members,” said Robert Gross, cemetery supervisor.
Gross says he wants veterans and their families to know they have a place closer to home that provides the same burials with full military honors.
"We sure have a lot to say about what happens with the honors that we pay forward here and what happens through eternity as their loved ones stay here,” said Gross.
Burial with military honors is free for veterans and around $800 for their spouses.
Created: July 20, 2017 07:29 PM
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