posted on November 13, 2012 12:55
Two locations in Pembroke are finalists for a veterans cemetery. Currently, Bath is the main location in the region.
Pembroke Town Supervisor Ed Mileham says people in Pembroke are split.
“It’s a mixed feeling. A lot of the people are concerned that the cemetery has taken the tax money off the rolls," Mileham said. "Other people are in favor of it because it something a lot of communities want. It’s a prestige thing. If they selected one of the two sites here, we’re going to be one of two federal cemeteries in the area. We (could be) the main one for the Buffalo and Rochester veterans.”
“We’ve talked to the VA about it," Mileham said of the progress. "The last we heard, they have not made a decision. They said once a decision is made they will call us. They are looking at the properties; they are doing what looks like some landscaping at the one site at Routes 5 and 77. That’s all they’ll tell us.”
Another location in Lancaster is being considered for the cemetery location.
“The Town of Pembroke is a farming community and there’s 50 acres there that farms have been using for the last couple years and we’re losing that for a cemetery," Mileham said. "I think it could be good for the community with Pembroke being centrally located in Western New York for veterans.”
Mileham says the Genesee County Legislature has been largely supportive of the VA were it to choose Pembroke.