Mike LeBlanc

Jefferson Barracks cemetery
Mary Delach Leonard I St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County government is planning public meetings later this summer about expanding Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, which has been a longtime priority for veterans groups.

For years, the county has been negotiating about selling part of Sylvan Springs Park with the Veterans Administration so it would have more cemetery space. St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger told reporters that public meetings will take place in mid-July, and will include staffers from the county parks department and the VA.

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Local veterans say they're hopeful that a deal can be worked out to expand Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

The cemetery in south St. Louis County was established in 1826 and veterans groups say it could be filled by 2025. They've asked local politicians and governments to support giving nearby Sylvan Springs Park to the federal government for an expansion of Jefferson Barracks.

Mike LeBlanc is a Vietnam War veteran who helped coordinate the lobbying efforts.