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Vet deaths drive Arlington growth

Nov. 4, 2007 at 7:08 PM   |   Comments

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A growing number of deaths among World War II veterans has prompted a new expansion plan for Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Sunday that due in part to the growing number of veterans' deaths, the cemetery will gain an additional 36,000 burial plots through the new Millennium Project.

The cemetery's superintendent, John C. Metzler Jr., said the planned expansion was designed to ensure all U.S. veterans had a final resting place should they want it.

"The goal is to make sure that there's always space available for our fallen heroes," he said.

The newspaper said active duty and retiree deaths, along with the 970 World War II veterans who die daily, prompted the expansion project.

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