Volunteers clean graves of forgotten veterans

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During a recent visit to clean his father’s grave, Roy DeYoung Jr. noticed something about the grave markers of other veterans: he couldn’t read their names.

“I’m very proud to be an American. These veterans gave us everything that we have today and they deserve that out of respect,” DeYoung told FOX 5.

Roy felt compelled to do something about it so he called up some friends and they started cleaning.

“These people gave their life for us. The servicemen and women. They deserve respect in life and in death,” said volunteer Gina Kiely.

Groundskeepers take care of the lawns and trees, but can’t be expected to take care of the 180,000 grave markers at George Washington Memorial Park [http://www.georgewashingtonmemorialpark.org/] in Paramus, New Jersey. That responsibility rests with the family of the deceased, but in some cases there is no family left.

“I had someone email me from Tennessee that said, ‘I’m 71 years old, my father is buried there, I can’t get there, can you please make sure his grave is done,’” Kiely said. 

 

Watch the video to see the volunteers clean out of respect.

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