Community volunteers clean up Evergreen Cemetery

Community volunteers clean up Evergreen Cemetery

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Friends and Family of Evergreen Cemetery are volunteering, along with other community members, including soldiers from Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, to clean up the Evergreen Cemetery in time for Veterans' Day.

The cemetery is not being maintained and is overgrown and in disarray. The owner does not have the financial means to maintain the cemetery, and has at one point been jailed for failing to clean it up.

In order to restore honor to the many veterans buried there, these volunteers will spend Friday and Saturday to make sure the cemetery is in good shape for Veterans' Day.

"We want to do whatever we can do to restore some honor on November the 11 for all the soldiers that are buried out here at the Evergreen Cemetery," said Harrison Grantham, who organized the cleanup.

The current soldiers who volunteered their time say this is thier way to pay their respects to the men and women who served before them.

"I have been in the service for 20 years and these soldiers died for me so I wanted to have something to give back to them," said SFC Zarita L. Dickey.

The group will be cleaning up Friday and Saturday. Grantham say the Friends and Family of Evergreen Cemetery hope to one day own the property so they can maintain it themselves.

They have dedicated this clean up to a Savannah soldier, Sgt. Tyrone Chisholm, who died on Veteran's Day 2005 in Iraq.

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