SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $3.2 million federal grant has been awarded to construct a state veterans' cemetery in the northern New Mexico town of Angel Fire.
U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, on Wednesday announced approval of funding for the cemetery through a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Udall says the facility will make it easier for many veterans to visit the gravesites of loved ones. Angel Fire is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the nearest national cemetery in Santa Fe.
The cemetery is designed to serve 15,700 veterans and family members eventually.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park is located in Angel Fire. The annual Run for the Wall motorcycle caravan stops there on its way to Washington, D.C.