LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Veterans spoke at Commissioner's Court Monday, regarding the status of a new veterans' cemetary.
Veterans spoke to Webb County Commissioners about why they feel they need a new cemetary, and the Commissioners put it to a vote. After the vote, PIO Larry Sanchez say they are going forward with it.
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"We're going to be facing a critical situation very soon."
That situation is running out of plots at the city cemetery for Laredo veterans. Members of different veteran organizations have been trying to address this issue for years and committee chairman of this initiative, Abraham Rodriguez says this time the project will hopefully become a reality.
"We need to get a commitment from the city, county, and our elected officials. We need to show a united community, committed in developing a veterans cemetery in our area."
Mr. Rodriguez is a member of the American Legion Post 59 honor guard. Whenever there’s a funeral for a veteran, him and his team participate in the service. He says he’s well aware of the shortage of plots.
"We are aware of the situation here in Laredo. Our city section is quickly being exhausted. About a month ago we had 80 plots left and now we probably have about 70.”
With no space for veterans and no state funded veterans cemetery, families will have to pay to bury their loved ones. A charge veteran, Rodolfo Aguilar says is usually taken care of.
"If you go to a private cemetery you'll have to pay about 2-thousand dollars, where as the veterans cemetery it's free. It's affordable especially for veterans who can't afford it."
"What were asking for is a resting place for all our veterans now and the future", says Abraham Rodriguez.