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Veterans cemetery in Boulder City gets $3.5M to restore slipping headstones

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Leila Navidi

Margaret Webster of Alaska visits the gravesite of her brother Robert Lee Webster, Jr., a Vietnam War veteran who died in 2006, after the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City on Monday, May 28, 2012.

Nevada has received a $3.5 million federal grant to help address sinking headstones at a veterans cemetery in Boulder City.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Thursday that the state won the grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The money will go toward raising and realigning about 23,000 headstones, some of which have shifted as the soil gives way over time.

Nevada veterans services chief Kat Miller said existing turf and top soil around grave markers will be chemically treated and replaced with new soil. The headstones will be raised and realigned using a base material that's expected to prevent slippage in the future.

Sandoval said the maintenance is another step the state is taking to honor veterans.

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