Veterans Administration Spends $378K on Signs for Civil War-Era Cemeteries
11:43 AM, May 20, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Last week, a contract totaling more than $378,000 was awarded to develop and manufacture signs for Civil War-era cemeteries, including "18 unique interpretive signs for Confederate lots." The contract was awarded by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The "interpretive signs" provide context and analysis of the information presented as opposed to strictly informational or directional signs.
In the original solicitation for bids, the project is described this way:
Care of the cemeteries falls under the National Cemetery Administration, which is a division of the VA.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) largely escaped the automatic budget cuts, widely known as sequestration, that hit in March. As the Washington Post reported at the time, a bipartisan consensus spared the VA's $140 billion budget from the legislation.
The new signage may relate to the Civil War Sesquicentennial, which runs from 2011 through 2015.
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