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A new Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Lubbock just got another step closer to reality. On Friday, Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham announced that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs will award the Texas General Land Office a $9.5 million dollar grant to establish a new Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Lubbock.

Planning for this new Veterans Cemetery has been happening for years. In May of 2022, the Lubbock City Council voted to set aside land at 50th street near East Loop 289 for the proposed cemetery.

According to a press release from the Texas General Land Office, this will be the first State Veterans Cemetery built since 2011 and the opening of the Corpus Christi Veterans Cemetery. The grant money will be used to establish the cemetery which would include, "pre-placed crypts, columbarium niches, in ground cremated remain plots, irrigation, grading, drainage, landscaping, roads, administration buildings, maintenance yard, committal shelter and supporting infrastructure".

This is great news for Lubbock and for veterans who live in and around Lubbock. Congressman Jodey Arrington applauded the announcement on Friday.


"Every veteran deserves a hero’s burial for their willingness to sacrifice life and limb to defend our nation,” said Rep. Arrington. “I am grateful for the teamwork and determination of our local leaders, state officials, and veterans’ community for making this a reality. No one loves their men and women in uniform or appreciates the sacrifice and service of our veterans like West Texans.” 

The establishment and building of the State Veterans Cemetery in Lubbock means that loved ones will not have to travel hundreds of miles away for the burial of a loved one who wanted to be buried in a veterans cemetery.

Commissioner Dawn Buckingham will join The Chad Hasty Show on KFYO on Monday at 5pm to discuss this and other issues.

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