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Volunteers clean up veterans' gravestones at Watervliet cemetery

October 03, 2018 04:33 PM

WATERVLIET - Volunteers scrubbed and dug in a Watervliet cemetery to save pieces of history.    

Hundreds of veterans' stones, markers and monuments need work at Saint Patrick's Cemetery on Troy Schenectady Road.

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Volunteers dug up some of the collapsed or crooked gravestones, cleaned them and put them back in upright.

Some of the inscriptions have worn away over time.

Many of the Civil War-era, World War I and Spanish American War veterans' markers have been neglected and forgotten.

"We need to do this for them. We make a promise as a nation never to forget our veterans and never doesn't have an expiration date. So it's important to honor these men for all time and that's what we're doing," explained Kelly Grimaldi, the Albany Diocesan Cemeteries Historian.

The Veterans Memorial Restoration Project got $5,000 from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Anyone interested in volunteering can join the group as they go back again Thursday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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