EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - An El Paso County veterans cemetery is getting closer to reality.
The Veterans Administration has finally selected a construction company but won't reveal it publicly just yet. Once the announcement is made sometime this month, construction can begin.
It will be called the Pikes Peak National Cemetery located near Marksheffel and Drennan Roads, east of the Colorado Springs Airport.
Cemetery Committee Member and Retired Army Colonel Vic Fernandez says the cemetery is needed because Colorado's three other national cemeteries and one state cemetery are either too far away or quickly filling up.
The construction is expected to take two years but internment could begin by the fall of next year.
Thirty-six million dollars was approved by Congress for this project.