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Memorial Day marks the selection of Sampson as NY's first state veterans cemetery

Mon, 05/31/2021 - 4:22pm
A Memorial Day ceremony held at the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Seneca County on Monday took on special significance because of action by a state committee last week. That committee voted to recommend Sampson as New York’s first state veterans’ cemetery. New York is one of the few states that does not currently have a state veterans’ cemetery. Joel Evans, acting director for the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services, said the decision is significant. “There are nearly three-quarters of a million veterans living in New York and these brave men and women, who have defended our freedom and our values, deserve our eternal respect,” Evans said. The Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery is now run by Seneca County, and County Manager Mitch Rowe said it’s a moving experience for those who visit there to pay their respects. “The restored MP guard shack greets you, and you have the military seals and the flags and you look out on Seneca Lake and if you’re there as the sun sets to