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The decision on a new veterans’ cemetery in Western New York is delayed as an archeological study is performed on a possible site in Genesee County.

Senator Chuck Schumer has long championed a Western New York veterans’ cemetery to serve Buffalo and Rochester. The closest one currently is in Bath, Steuben County – about 75 miles away from Batavia. Now he’s calling for the review of the proposed Pembroke site to be expedited.

The site near Indian Falls Road and Route 77 is undergoing testing to determine if the land contains historical artifacts. The cultural resources study can only be performed between harvest and planting crops which is why the process has been prolonged.

The Pembroke site is one of three finalists in the area to become a veterans’ cemetery.

Schumer says with half of New York’s veterans over age 65, now is the time for planning to ensure the families of those buried in a nation shrine don’t have to travel a long distance to visit.

(Pictured: Veterans' Cemetery in Bath, via http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/bath.asp)

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