Showing respect, taking pride
On Monday, April 29, I walked through the cityís West Street cemetery with Cemetery Commissioner Thomas Giffin. He was surveying what work might be accomplished this year to further improve the looks of the land and what stones could be straightened or in some cases repaired. The cemetery is maintained by Department of Corrections work crews, volunteers, school students, and city workers.
As we walked along at the north end of the cemetery, we came upon six worn out tires, a broken wooden ladder and several beer cans that had been simply thrown into the cemetery.
What kind of people do we have among us? How can the city expect to improve its image and be proud of its heritage when cemeteries are used for dumps?
Someone must be real proud of themselves to do such a thing. If you know who did this or have information that might lead to the guilty party, please call the police.
The mess will be cleaned up once again by those volunteers that do have pride for their city and do have reverence for those that came before them, including the many Civil War veterans that rest in peace in this sacred place.