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Cemetary to Expand Again
The Fayetteville National Cemetery is one step closer to another expansion after the demolition of a house Wednesday.
The house was the last to go in a strip of four lots on Hill St. purchased by the Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation.
"When we buy a lot, we have to clear it," says RNCIC President Ron Butler. "There can be no buildings left on it, all the cement work has to come out, and all the utilities have to come out of the ground."
The corporation then gives the land to Veteran's Affairs, so they can conduct a site survey before excavating and installing burial vaults. Butler says the process takes time before the site is usable.
"You're looking at probably four to five years right here from where we're standing," he says.
The new addition is next to the last expansion, which added close to 1,300 vaults, but Butler says the RNCIC isn't done working.
"These folks average better than one funeral a day," he says. "It doesn't take long to get it filled up."
It does take time to raise the funds to purchase more property, though. The organization is a non-profit, run by volunteers, and Butler says he could use some help.
"We're getting old," Butler says. "We need younger people, every organization does."
He says anyone interested can become a member, or donate through their website.