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A site along Route 77 in Pembroke is the top choice for a new National Cemetery in Western New York.

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs has selected a 132 acre site on Route 77 near Indian Falls Road

“As you look at Arlington National Cemetery and the Bath National Cemetery, it’s not just the families of veterans that are visiting, but it’s everyone that’s visiting to honor and pay their respects to the veterans who have served," William Joyce, Genesee County Director of Veterans Services said.

The Buffalo News is reporting that archeological tests on the site have already begun. Barring any issues out of that study, the cemetery could be ready within two to three years.

The nearest National cemetery is now located in the Steuben County community of Bath. Veterans groups have lobbied for years to have a national cemetery in Western New York.

“Of course the site being so close to the Thruway it’s going to be well-accessed," Joyce said. "It’s peaceful. It’s a very peaceful site compared to the other two sites.”

The VA was also looking at another site in Pembroke north of the Thruway exit and a third site in Lancaster.

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