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Group buys land for Fayetteville National Cemetery

by The Associated Press | July 21, 2011 at 8:12 a.m.

— A nonprofit Fayetteville organization has bought land adjacent to the Fayetteville National Cemetery that is to eventually be used to expand the cemetery for military veterans and their families.

The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corp. finalized the purchase of just less than 1.5 acres on Monday. Corporation President Ron Butler told the Northwest Arkansas Times the land must be cleared and could be donated to the Department of Veterans Affairs in about 18 months.

Butler declined to reveal the purchase price. County property records value the land at $65,200.

Cemetery director Gloria Bailey couldn’t say how many burial plots the additional land will hold. A separate donation of 1.3 acres from the corporation has space for 1,387 plots.

The corporation has worked since 1984 to acquire land for the cemetery.

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