LESLIE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- Leaders from across the state and country met in Leslie County to celebrate the development of the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East.
Veterans stood to salute their peers, listening to the national anthem.
"My heart swelled with pride every time I saw a VSO walk through the door," Said Vaughda Wooten, Director of the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East.
During the celebration, a $6 million check was presented.
"The veterans in this area most definitely deserve that and more," Said Wooten.
The money will help pay for construction and maintenance of the cemetery.
"Once constructed, each one of those headstones and markers will tell a story," Said George Eisenbach.
The new cemetery, in Leslie County, will only be the fifth of its kind in the state.
Veterans who live within a 75-mile radius will have the option to choose the grounds as their final resting place.
"Many of which have a desire to be buried near their family,” Said Norman Arflack, Commissioner of Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.
"There is no financial amount that you could put on the care of veterans,” Said Wooten.
Officials say they hope to have the cemetery complete by this November