Confederate group seeks US grave-marker funding

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is seeking federal funding to add more headstones to the graves of more than 17,000 southern soldiers in a Richmond cemetery.

The Confederate descendants' group says the current arrangement at Oakwood Cemetery of one numbered marble block per three graves doesn't adequately honor the dead.

It's seeking individual granite headstones, which would cost the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs $3.2 million.

The VA denied the group's initial request last year for 10 new markers.

The VA's National Cemetery Administration says the existing markers are historically appropriate.

The head of the SCV's Oakwood Restoration Committee, F. Lee Hart III, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that his group plans to appeal that decision.

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