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Submission For The Record of The Honorable Gregory Davids, Representative, Speaker Pro Tempore, Minnesota Legislature

Dear Committee Members,

As the Chair of the Minnesota House of Representatives Taxes Committee, and chief author of H.F. 226 that authorizes the planning of this cemetery, I would like to thank the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs for holding a public hearing in Preston, Minnesota regarding the National Veterans Cemetery in Fillmore County. I am looking forward to hearing your findings as you explore the grant process.

The veterans’ cemetery in Fillmore County will fill a great need for our veterans and their families who have so selflessly served our great country. This cemetery will serve not only south eastern Minnesota, but northern Iowa, and western Wisconsin.

I would like to thank the Fillmore County Commissioners for their tremendous support of this cemetery and for their generous donation of the beautiful property that will serve those who have served our country.  A special thank you goes to all the veterans’ organizations and area cities for their strong support.

I would also like to thank Senator Jeremy Miller and former Senator Sharon Ropes for their tireless efforts to see this project come to reality. I am attending my daughter’s graduation ceremony at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and I regret that I am unable to attend this hearing. I will continue to make every effort to see this project through until the end.

As Always Yours, Your Friend,

Gregory M. Davids