COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) Under a fresh coat of snow on Pikes Peak, four veterans had the honor of being the first to be buried in the Pikes Peak National Cemetery.
Each arm of the military was represented and honored, along with their families.
SMSGT Charles Joyner, U.S. Air Force
PFC James Grant, U.S. Army
SN Joseph Romero, U.S. Navy
MSGT Kurt Krause, U.S. Marine Corps
While they are the first to be buried, 200,000 grave sites are available for any veteran and their spouse, free of charge.
Cemetery director Paul Lagrange said this is a place that will be looked after for generations.
"The cemetery was designed to last for 100+ years," Lagrange explained. “There are five bases here. Close to 100,000 veterans in this area, so it’s really fitting to have a national cemetery in southern Colorado."
While the cemetery is now officially open, construction is not fully complete. There are 300 people already waiting in line to have their loved ones buried in the new cemetery.
Lagrange said veterans who have been buried in Fort. Logan can be relocated down to PPNC if the family wishes.