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Veterans want grass in award-winning xeriscaped cemetery

Published On: Oct 20 2013 07:08:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 21 2013 04:31:26 AM CDT
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EL PASO - (AP) -

A group of veterans, relatives of buried soldiers and others are continuing their efforts to try and convince the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to replant grass at a military cemetery in West Texas.
    
The landscape of the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso was transformed by a $4.2 million xeriscaping project in 2007.
    
Earlier this year, the cemetery received the Texas Environmental Excellence Award for saving about $400,000 a year in reduced water costs, labor fertilizer and pesticides.
    
The El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/19UGDcW ) 68-year-old veteran Frank Winslett was part of a group of people protesting the cemetery's lack of grass on Saturday. Winslett says the cemetery would look better with grass and would be more dignified.
    
Cemetery officials declined to comment on the protest.