Proposed bill to make changes at Grand Island veteran cemetery

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island's Senator Dan Quick recently introduced a new bill that would make some changes to the GI veteran cemetery. If passed, the cemetery would be state owned and would serve as the final resting place for central Nebraska veterans.

Grand Island's Senator Dan Quick recently introduced a new bill that would make some changes to the GI veteran cemetery. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

There are cemeteries out west and east, but this one would be the closest for vets from the Tri-City area. The bill also proposes to expand the property by about 20 acres.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners spoke about the bill in their most recent meeting and unanimously are all in support of it moving forward.

"It would be a wonderful thing to do, we think it's vital to veterans," County Board Chair Pamela Lancaster said. "We think it's something that will not only help us maintain this cemetery but make a veterans cemetery available to other Nebraska veterans."

In the past only veterans who were living at the GI vet home were allowed to be buried there. With that home being moved to Kearney, this bill would open the cemetery up to all veterans.