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Veterans Buried in East End Cemetery Honored for First Time in Years

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The nearly-abandoned East End Cemetery that has been vandalized in recent months is getting some decorations this weekend; for Memorial Day, the veterans buried there will have flags placed on their headstones for the first time in years. The nearly-abandoned East End Cemetery that has been vandalized in recent months is getting some decorations this weekend; for Memorial Day, the veterans buried there will have flags placed on their headstones for the first time in years.
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The nearly-abandoned East End Cemetery that has been vandalized in recent months is getting some decorations this weekend; for Memorial Day, the veterans buried there will have flags placed on their headstones for the first time in years.

John Schuck has spent the last year trying to clean up the abandoned East End Cemetery. His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. A local chapter of the Knights of Columbus placed American Flags on graves of the veterans who are buried there.

“It was a chance to do something … after the bad stuff that tends to happen out here, something good,” Schuck said.

Last month, ABC 8News Reporter Tim Wronka visited the cemetery after several headstones were smashed or knocked over. Since then, Shuck has fixed them up and continued to lead volunteers in uncovering graves, some dating back to 1897.

“These graves have been buried in undergrowth for years and years and years,” Shuck said. “Many of these are just seeing the light of day in the last six to nine months.”

Since the cemetery has been abandoned by its owners, many of the graves haven’t been properly maintained. So, this Memorial Day, some of the graves are getting flags on their headstones for the first time in many years.

Shuck found nearly 25 graves of veterans, but he’s sure there are more he has yet to uncover, and he hopes to see more flags placed next Memorial Day.

“It’s just a way of remembering our veterans that have passed on,” he said.

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