The visit to the site near Marsheffel and Drennan roads is a bit of a victory tour for Bennet, who pitched in on the 15-year-old effort by local veterans to get a federal cemetery after he moved to the Senate in 2009.
“Following years of bipartisan efforts by Bennet, fellow Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall, and Congressman Doug Lamborn, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced at the end of January that it had acquired land and mineral rights for a new veterans cemetery in southern Colorado,” Bennet’s staff wrote in an email. “This announcement means that southern Colorado veterans will now have a final resting place that is closer to home.”
There’s a lot of work ahead to turn the ranchland with views of Pikes Peak into a resting place for veterans. The VA should soon be examining architectural options for buildings and landscaping on the site, which could see its first burials in 2015.