Yellowstone County transfers cemetery to VA; dedication Monday

Billings Gazette

by Clair Johnson

After years of work, Yellowstone County is in the home stretch for the transfer and dedication of its veterans cemetery as a national cemetery for veterans.

During Tuesday’s board meeting, the commission executed documents transferring ownership of the cemetery north of Laurel to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA will accept the documents Friday.

At noon Monday – Memorial Day – a formal ceremony will dedicate the renamed Yellowstone National Cemetery, 55 Buffalo Trail Road. The public is invited…

Kennedy credited Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., for being “a bulldog” for federal legislation that enabled rural states, like Montana, to have a national cemetery. He also said the project required legislative changes by two sessions of the Montana Legislature.

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