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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has approved a plan to build a state veterans cemetery in Sioux Falls.

The Argus Leader reports senators voted Wednesday to send the bill to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. It would direct the state to submit a grant application to the National Cemetery Administration and build the project.

The bill would also let the state accept a land donation from the city of Sioux Falls for the project and allow for an endowment fund to pay for the construction and operation of the cemetery.

Tony Venhuizen, the governor’s chief of staff, tells the newspaper that Daugaard would support the proposal as long as state budget writers come through with funding.

Ken Teunissen, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, says it’s a “day that’ll go down in history.”


Information from: Argus Leader,