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VA seeks western New York land for cemetery

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking land on which to build a new national cemetery to serve veterans in Western New York, including the Buffalo and Rochester areas. 

“Offering more burial options for Veterans in Western New York is an important priority,” said Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve Muro. “This expansion demonstrates VA’s commitment to provide a final resting place and lasting tribute to the men and women who sacrificed to protect our nation.”

VA is seeking landowners willing to sell or donate at least 200 contiguous, developable acres in Western New York that can be developed for a new national cemetery. The land must be within seven miles to the north or south of the Thruway and within 20 miles east to 18 miles west of State Road 77 (Alleghany Road) in Genesee County. Land within one mile outside the boundaries will also be considered.

The new cemetery in Western New York will provide a burial option for nearly 100,000 veterans and their eligible family members in the region. Bath National Cemetery in Steuben County, the nearest open national cemetery, is approximately 80 miles southeast of the veteran population focal point in Western New York.

For more information on VA’s land acquisition plans, contact VA’s Real Property Service at (202) 461-8198 or by e-mail at rps@va.gov.