A proposal to locate a national veterans cemetery in western Sarpy County is not sitting well with Bellevue-area Air Force veterans who say the site will make it difficult for family members in eastern and central Sarpy County to visit gravesites.
“Where do most retirees live?” asked Don Tuziw, who served with the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1975.
“I think the eastern part of Sarpy County is where we are all congregating.”
Fred Schubert, who served in the Air Force from 1967 to 1987, said he can see no good reason for locating the cemetery at 144th Street and Schram Road near Springfield.
He said the location will create many practical difficulties.
Among those, he said, are the roles played at veterans' funerals by Honor Guard volunteers.
Building the cemetery 15 miles from Offutt Air Force Base will be an additional hardship on the volunteers, Schubert said.
“And then there's all those funeral processions that are going to be heading west on Highway 370,” he said. “People are not going to be happy about the way that will interfere with traffic.”
Public comments on the cemetery siting are being taken through Tuesday.
People wishing to make their views known should contact VA Project Manager Edward Swift at email@example.com or Edward Swift, Project Manager, 425 I St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.