Roswell celebrates improvements to veteran’s cemetery

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE)- A veteran’s cemetery, that’s been at the center of a lot arguments, could be looking at a better future. There was a special ceremony on Tuesday at the veteran’s cemetery in Roswell to mark the completion of the latest improvements there.

Veterans, city officials and community members gathered to mark the completion of the recent improvements made to the General Douglas L. McBride Veteran’s Cemetery.

“This veteran’s cemetery is much further along than any of the other additional ones that have been proposed around the state, and I say it’s due to the people here in Roswell making this happen,” said Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh.

The centerpiece of the dedication was a newly built pavilion, designed to be used for funeral services.

The City of Roswell also improved the irrigation and drainage systems.

Back in April, local veterans spoke out about the poor conditions of the landscaping and drainage at the cemetery.

That was after heavy rains washed away headstones and left behind a muddy mess. Veterans wanted to know why the city was neglecting their cemetery.

Now they are relieved to see the city was listening and especially happy to see the work finished before Veterans Day.

“There’s struggles but I’m happy to say they have all come together and met. We’ve got our pavilion, our cemetery. The veterans are happy; they’re tickled to death, just happy that we have a place for everybody to be buried,” said Vietnam Vet Bert Eldridge.

Veterans say that there is still more to be done and that this is just the beginning.

The state pitched in $250,000 to cover a majority of the work for the City of Roswell. A local contractor also did about $15,000 worth of work without charging the city.

The city also re-seeded the cemetery and added sidewalks and walkways.

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