ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – A group of a dozen St. Louis County veterans is asking that Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery be expanded because it is on track to run out of room in about a decade.
“We, assembled veterans of St. Louis County, are here tonight to present over 2,000 signatures,” Vietnam War veteran Mike LeBlanc told the St. Louis County Council Tuesday night. “We understand the signatures have no binding but we’re doing this to demonstrate the strength and the power of the people that support this project.”
LeBlanc says expanding into Sylvan Springs Park, an area not far from the current cemetery, would provide space for burials for another three decades or longer.
“We have the support of St. Louis County residents, we have the support of state legislators, we have the support of U.S. Congress, we have the support of U.S. Senate. We now need your support,” LeBlanc told the council.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley voiced approval of the plan and says he will draft legislation soon. One veteran told KMOX News that he has been in contact with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, who supports the plan and says there is money available for the expansion.