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Homelake Veterans Cemetery begins expansion

Posted: Thursday, Oct 3rd, 2013

State leaders break ground for the expansion of the Homelake Military Veterans Cemetery in Monte Vista. From left to right, Reggie Bicha, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services; Lewis H. Entz, former State Senator and current member of the Colorado Commission on State and Veterans Nursing Homes; James C. "Jay" Bobick, Chairman of the Colorado Commission on State and Veterans Nursing Homes; Maryann Terry, Colorado Commission on State and Nursing Homes, Youlon Savage, Chair of the State Human Services Board; Colorado State Senator Larry Crowder; Robbie Robinson, Chair of the State Board of Veterans and Military Affairs, and Viki Manley, Director of the Office of Long Term Care at the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Courier staff writer

MONTE VISTA — “We didn’t want to turn any veteran away,” former state senator Lewis H. Entz said, “but it happened.” According to Entz, several veterans who wanted to make the Homelake Cemetery their final resting place had to be directed to other places.

At a groundbreaking ceremony held at the cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 3, State Senator Larry Crowder described the efforts to grant the expansion of the cemetery. Crowder co-sponsored the SB 13-040 along with State Representative Edward Vigil. The bill directs the Colorado Department of Human Services to plan and manage the completion of the cemetery expansion project, and provided for the construction costs of $100,000 in 2013-14 and $285,000 in 2014-15.

For the complete article see the 10-04-2013 issue.

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