2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 29 Jul 2003 15:15:35 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] House OKs funds to study, design Miramar project
House OKs funds to study, design Miramar project
By Jeanette Steele
July 29, 2003

A proposed national veterans cemetery at Miramar Marine Corps Air
Station has advanced as the House of Representatives approved $2 million
to plan and design the 200,000-gravesite project.

The funding, part of a large appropriations bill, has to survive Senate
action, and the final measure must be signed by the president. Rep. Duke
Cunningham, who has championed the project, doesn't foresee problems,
spokeswoman Harmony Allen said yesterday.

"Duke is very confident this will be part of the final package," she
said. "San Diego is such a big military community. They deserve it and
need it."

The House acted Friday. Officials involved with the project aren't sure
of the total cost.

Announced in February, the cemetery would provide needed space for
burial of San Diego County veterans.

Point Loma's historic Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery has been closed
to casket burials for decades, leaving families to drive 90 minutes
north to Riverside County to bury their veterans.


Some environmentalists have criticized the location because it contains
sensitive habitat, including vernal pools.

Government officials have said the project must pass scrutiny under the
National Environmental Policy Act before going forward.

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