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Camp Butler National Cemetery to Remain Open in Shutdown
At least one location, right here in Springfield, says a federal shutdown won't impact its operations.
Camp Butler National Cemetery's director said the cemetery for veterans and their families will not curtail operations. The cemetery will continue to maintain the grounds as well as its schedule of a maximum five burials a day.
The director said Camp Butler was not immediately anticipating furloughs, and even if that happened, he said operations would not be affected.
"Interring our veterans and their eligible family members is a critical function, and we're going to continue doing that," director Michael Henshaw said.
Camp Butler is one of 131 national cemeteries - and 33 soldiers lots and monuments sites - controlled by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Because the burial services and other functions are considered essential, they will not be largely affected.
Nationwide, burials will continue at a "modified rate," though a spokesperson for the department said most cemeteries should be able to keep up.