Senator asks for plan to restore vet cemetery in Philippines
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 16, 2014
CONCORD, N.H. — U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is asking for a detailed plan to restore, operate and maintain a cemetery in the Philippines where more than 8,300 American veterans are buried, a year after President Barack Obama signed into a law a bill to restore it.
The Clark Veterans Cemetery was neglected following a volcanic eruption in 1991 and abandonment of a U.S. Air Force base. The cemetery was left covered in ash and overgrown by weeds.
Ayotte said on Dec. 16, the United States and the government of the Philippines signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in restoring the cemetery.
She recently wrote to the American Battle Monuments Commission provide her with a detailed plan on the restoration work.