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July 14, 2014
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Letter: No acceptable excuse for condition of Roseburg National Cemetery Annex

Don’t disgrace our veterans

It has been a little more than a year since my first letter regarding the grounds at the new Roseburg National Cemetery Annex in Roseburg. To summarize: Thousands of dollars were spent to put in a beautiful new cemetery for our veterans and within a couple of months of the initial interments last March, two-thirds of the grounds was dead or dying. There were many excuses given, none of which made any sense.

One response indicated that some money had been acquired through the VA to resolve the lack of a sprinkler system around the columbine wall area. This sprinkler system and the laying of sod (over the dead weeds/grass) was finished two days prior to the Governor making a visit last month.

I invite all to drive through and look at the grounds. The one end near the flag and where internments are currently happening is gorgeous. The remaining two-thirds of the grounds has dead weeds (no grass), some dying trees and the addition of water bags at the base of many trees; several of those appear to be empty.

I know the primary importance is the healthcare of our veterans, but also important is the care and appearance of their resting place. How many cemeteries do we see with dead or dying grounds? There is no excuse that can be made that is acceptable; it’s a disgrace to our veterans.

Joyce Smith


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