Volunteers Clean Central Point Cemetery

4-13 central point cemeteryCENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A group of volunteers is working to preserve history at a local cemetery. About a dozen people showed up to the Central Point Cemetery on Saturday to pick up weeds and clear brush.

The cleanup has become a regular event since 2011, when several gravestones at the cemetery were vandalized — not just causing damage but also bringing attention to its general disrepair.

“The cemetery was being neglected and in need of care, so we’ve started monthly cleanups,” said organizer Dirk Siedlecki.

Organizers say the goal of the event is to have the cemetery looking its best by Memorial Day weekend — when flags will be placed on the graves of veterans.

They say the ongoing effort is simply their way of paying respect and doing their part.

“Just concerned people that want to help and maintain the grounds to the best of our ability,” said Siedlecki.

And that work never ends. The cleanup will continue the second Saturday of every month through November before stopping for the winter and picking up again next year.