I'm not one to make a real habit of visiting the grave sites of deceased family members. I kind of figure that if I need to talk to them for some reason that they will hear me just as well anyplace I might be as they might where their bodies are interred. My Dad is buried in a plot with other of his family members in a cemetery that is off any of my beaten paths, but last weekend I found myself driving by and decided to stop in and see how things were looking. It pretty much all looked the same, but one thing really bothered me.
If you've been to a cemetery you may have noticed the foot markers placed by the Veteran's Administration on the grave sites of former members of our military forces. My dad, who served in the Navy beginning late in WWII and my uncle who was on the beach in Normandy were both given those markers. What was so sad was that they were so overgrown with sod and grass that they were not readable at all. I dragged Pete back with garden tools to rectify that situation as soon as I could.
While we were there, and Pete did all of the work, I strolled around and could see where there are many markers also hidden under the grass. I know that the upkeep of these markers is, ummm, well it is a job that I guess cannot be expected of the caretakers of the cemeteries, and I know that as generations of families go by that visits to graves of ancestors to keep up with these things is a lot to expect. It just seems that these markers should be cleaned up periodically. It seems like this could be a great project for a Boy or Girls Scout Troop. Or an Eagle Scout project. I don't know.
2010. Fifty-three. Honor your Veterans if you can and go clean up those markers.