Fort Bliss National Cemetery (VA photo/file)
EL PASO (October 20, 2013)--A group of veterans, relatives of buried service members and others is trying to convince the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to replant grass at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso.
The landscape of the cemetery was transformed by a $4.2 million xeriscaping project in 2007, and 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.
But veteran Frank Winslett, 68, who’s was part of a group of people protesting the cemetery's lack of grass, says the cemetery would look better with grass and would be more dignified.
Cemetery officials declined to comment on the protest.