Shipley urges Seneca County to lobby for Sampson as state vets cemetery

New York is the only state in the country that does not have an official state veterans memorial cemetery.

Bob Shipley, R-Waterloo, chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, wants to change that.

Tuesday he urged the board and all county residents to write or call state legislators to ask them to designate the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus as the state’s first state veterans memorial cemetery.

“I appeal to all of our honored veterans and all citizens to help in honoring the memory of the more than 530 veterans and their dependents that are buried at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery,’’ Shipley said. He said the cemetery, funded by the state but operated by the county since 2011, is located on a 162-acre parcel off Route 96A that was once part of Sampson Naval Training Station during World War II and then Sampson Air Force Base during the Korean War.

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