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Friends of Decatur Cemetery seeking volunteers for upcoming projects


Friends of Decatur Cemetery seeking volunteers for upcoming projects

A grave at the Decatur Cemetery . Photo from Chris Billingsley

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Photo from Chris Billingsley a 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony at the Decatur Cemetery

The Friends of Decatur Cemetery  volunteer group is looking for people to get involved in its ongoing projects and upcoming events throughout the fall, according to a city newsletter.

One opportunity for interested volunteers, the annual Veterans Day flag placement and commemoration, will take place Nov. 10. Flags will be placed on the graves of more than 1,000 veterans buried at the Decatur Cemetery.

Both groups and individuals are invited to participate and help with cleaning and sorting the flags after they have been retrieved. The commemoration begins at 9 a.m. Those interested can contact Amy Weaver at amy@b2creativeinc.com for more information.

Additionally, community members can work with a group of volunteers on Tuesday mornings for “Gardening among the Graves,” a project to help beautify the cemetery. The volunteer project takes place weekly from 9 a.m. until noon, and participants weed and garden in the historic Old Section.

Volunteers also meet periodically on other days for general clean-up, pruning, weeding and planting.  If you would like to volunteer for the Tuesday group or become a leader for weekend projects contact Jim Toney at jtoney3287@comcast.net.

Also, Friends of Decatur Cemetery wants volunteers for its cemetery tours. According to the newsletter, the group has been providing tours of the Decatur Cemetery and telling stories about its occupants for nearly 20 years.

Extensive training for tour guides will be provided. For more information, contact Cathy Vogel at friendsofdecaturcemetery@gmail.com.

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