KUSA — Memorial Day is a time to remember heroes who gave their lives for this country.
Today in national cemeteries all across the country, people will be doing just that.
But here’s something sad that you may not realize. Hundreds of Veterans from WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam wars are dying each day.
So many Veterans are dying, that our national cemeteries are running out of room. That includes Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.
Fort Logan is more than 100 years old, and now has more than 134,000 people buried there.
They average 20 burials a day, it’s the 6th busiest national cemetery in the Country. And even with a planned 15 acre expansion, it’s expected to run out of room in 2032.
“It definitely concerns us, especially because we want to serve our Veterans, give them an honorable and dignified burial, and we want to make sure they are taken care of," says Director Matt Williams.
To solve the problem, the Veterans Administration has started the most aggressive cemetery expansion program since the Civil War.
One of the new national cemeteries is being built near Colorado Springs, just east of the airport.
It’s the Pikes Peak National Cemetery, and sits below its iconic, namesake peak. The VA purchased a ranch for $4.5 million dollars.
It opens in the fall, with the first phase. When it’s completed it will cover 374 acres and hold 200,000 grave sites.
All in view of the original purple mountain majesty, a fitting tribute to our heroes.
To learn more about Pikes Peak National Cemetery, click here.