Roswell building a veterans cemetery thanks to donor

Created: 04/18/2014 7:11 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Despite not being picked by the state, the city of Roswell is still building a veterans cemetery.

Veterans in Roswell are a little disappointed.

“It was a letdown, yes,” said Harry McGraw.  “I can't deny that."

“There's a couple of locations in the state that really didn't make sense to me, and I was really upset,"  said Brnon Aguilar.

Roswell was not among the four potential locations chosen to be a state cemetery.

But plans for a veterans cemetery in the city are still moving forward.

The cemetery will be located right next to the city’s current cemetery.

And it’s all thanks to a generous donor.

“We would be nowhere without him. He donated the land which I don't know how many thousands of dollars it is. He come right out of his personal pocket, paid over 20,000 dollars for cremation walls. And anything we need, he's there. He takes veterans hunting.  Anything for a veteran, he will do it," said Bert Eldridge.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke to that donor on the phone.

He tells KOB he wishes to remain anonymous.

But he has also vowed to pay funeral expenses for any veteran’s family that cannot afford a burial.

"This means a lot to me.  First thing it means to me is I get to stay home and be buried with the rest of my fellow veterans instead of traveling all over the state to get there," said McGraw.

"I'll be proud, my son will be proud that I'll be buried out here," said Aguilar.

“It means everything to me,” said Eldridge.  “It's been my dream for three years."

The cemetery is also getting funded from capital outlay money.

The cemetery will open on July 4.

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