- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

RAYVILLE, La. (AP) - After nearly 14 years of working to get a veterans cemetery established in northeastern Louisiana, local lawmakers, state and Rayville officials have mark their calendars for a November opening.

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/1F2qwAP) construction on the $7.3 million Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Rayville began last year. It is expected to open before Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David LaCerte said local officials have worked hard to establish the cemetery, but it would not have happened without the generosity of the Franklin family of Rayville, who donated the land.

The family has long supported the project with the late George Franklin, a World War II veteran, leading the charge.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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