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10/17/03

Veterans, Active Soldiers Clean Headstones

It's annual Make a Difference Day. Soldiers from the headquarters company at Hunter Army Airfield are doing their part, helping the Veterans Association in Chatham County clean up Bonaventure Cemetery. It's a way for them to say thank you

"It makes me feel good to give back to the community that supports the soldiers here," said SSgt. Phillip Dixon.

The more than 30 soldiers worked side by side with the Chatham County Veterans Association. Veteran Ken Seymour has been cleaning Bonaventure Cemetery for years. "In the past I've been doing this myself and the colonel asked if I needed any help, and I said yes," he said. "So he sent me these fine young men to work with me."

The team of men scrubbed, hosed, and cleared the cemetery many of their comrades are buried in. "You hope down the road, someone does will do this for you some day," said PFC Peter Burube.

The men ended the beautification process by laying a flag next to every veteran's grave, an honor Seymour says every veteran deserves. "Everyone buried here are veterans," he said. "Every veteran should be remembered, and every headstone should have a good cleaning."

The Chatham County Veterans Association will change the flags again on November 12.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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