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Hochul visits first state veterans cemetery in Seneca County on Memorial Day

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On Monday, Governor Kathy Hochul commemorated Memorial Day at the recently established New York State Veterans Cemetery in Seneca County.


The first of its kind in the state, the cemetery was set up following the transfer of land from Seneca County to the State, providing a dignified burial site for New York veterans and their families for future generations.

“Memorial Day is a sacred reminder of the profound debt of gratitude we owe to our fallen heroes,” said Governor Hochul. The new cemetery honors the brave servicemen and women who fought for the country’s freedom and democracy.


The New York State Veterans Cemetery – Finger Lakes spans 162 acres in Romulus, Seneca County, close to Sampson State Park and Seneca Lake.

The site holds historical significance as it is located on the grounds of the former Sampson Naval Training Station and Sampson Air Force Base, which played vital roles in training hundreds of thousands of service members during World War II and the Korean War. Currently, over a thousand veterans are interred at the cemetery, with their service spanning from World War II to the present day.