Campaign to name veterans' cemetery after war hero
Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 06:36 PM EDT
Senator Charles Schumer, along with various veterans groups, launched a campaign Monday to name the new Western New York Veterans' Cemetery after decorated war hero, "Wild Bill" Donovan.
Donvoan was born in Buffalo, NY. He served as a Lieutenant Colonel in World War I and later lead the Office of Strategic Services, a precursor to the CIA, during World War II.
He is the only American to earn all four of the highest military awards in the United States.
Schumer urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to purchase an adjacent 60-acre property to allow the cemetery to grow and expand.
"'Wild Bill' Donovan is a true Western New York hero, and I cannot think of any better way to commemorate his life and honor our region's veterans, than by naming the new Western New York Veterans Cemetery after 'Wild Bill,'" said Schumer.
Schumer says having a cemetery in Pembroke will save thousands of military families from having to travel upward of 100 miles to visit their loved ones.