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Pikes Peak National Cemetery dedicated in Colorado Springs 

click to enlarge A rendering of Pikes Peak National Cemetery. - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS WEBSITE
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website
  • A rendering of Pikes Peak National Cemetery.

A 374-acre plot in southeast Colorado Springs with room for 95,000 veterans and family members was dedicated on May 25. The Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Road, is the state's third VA cemetery — the others are Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver and Fort Lyon National Cemetery.

The idea of a VA cemetery in Southern Colorado started during the tenure of Rep. Joel Hefley before he left office in 2007. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, both of whom spoke at the commemoration service, worked on legislation to bring about the project, as did other Colorado lawmakers. Bennet introduced legislation in 2009 to create the cemetery and the next year to help the state qualify by reducing the required 170,000 to 80,000 veterans living within 75 miles of a potential site. In 2016, funding of the $36 million necessary for construction was secured.

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