State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said the final piece is now in place to help make the Fillmore County Veterans Cemetery a reality.

While Fillmore County was approved as the southeastern Minnesota site in 2011, needed funding was not allocated.

That changed last week as $425,000 was appropriated in a comprehensive state government finance proposal specifically to support the veterans cemetery.

Davids voted in favor of the measure.

"This will be an important landmark for southeastern Minnesota and will allow all of our residents to honor those men and women who have fought for our freedoms," Davids said.

Davids said the funding will be allocated in 2015. Davids was chief author of the original veterans cemetery proposal in 2011.