Volunteers spend Memorial Day cleaning overgrown cemetery

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, May 29, 2015 11:20:00 AM

After WIS first uncovered the terrible conditions at an abandoned local cemetery, dozens decided to help out on Memorial Day.

The abandoned cemetery in Batesburg-Leesville is the resting place for a number of veterans. More tombstones of veterans have been uncovered, including one of a Purple Heart recipient.

It's likely the first time sunlight has hit some of the tombstones in decades.

"We rolled up and we saw all of the Kudzu and the overgrowth,” said Kermit Elliott. “It's sad, you know. We heard there were World War I and also World War II veterans' graves out there."

Several groups of volunteers from Charleston to Chapin traded hot dogs and hamburgers for bug spray and power tools.

"Over the course of a day, I put together a few of my club members, and he brought up some tools, and we came this way," said Danny Richardson.

It's all part of an effort to clean up the forgotten cemetery where a number of veterans were laid to rest.

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