News from East End

Flag planting at Evergreen Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day. By the end of the long weekend, volunteers had placed nearly 200 flags at Evergreen and East End, where veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam are laid to rest; May 27, 2017. Photo by Brian Palmer

The Friends of East End Cemetery Inc. is now a 501 (c)(3), a nonprofit registered with the Internal Revenue Service. This means we’re eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. (We’re asking people to wait on contributing until we give the word to contribute!)

We spent a productive Memorial Day weekend at the cemetery, weed-whacking and weed-plucking in the front section. The Knights and the Taylors came by to tend their family plots while we were there.

We took a few moments to look back on what we’ve accomplished over the past four years with our friends and partners. Since John first rolled up in the Shuck Truck, we’ve cleared roughly three and half acres of the 16-acre cemetery. About 6,000 volunteers have participated in nearly 300 work days at this hallowed ground. These figures don’t count the thousands of hours of clearing, photographing, and researching that core volunteers have invested in the restoration effort on unscheduled work days.

It’s been four excellent years—and we’re just getting started. We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks.

Mr. Thomas Taylor plants flowers in his family plot after weeding it. He’s been tending his loved ones’ graves at East End Cemetery for many years; May 29, 2017. Photo by Brian Palmer
A grave decorated for Memorial Day in a section of Evergreen Cemetery that was recently cleared by volunteers; May 27, 2017. Photo by Brian Palmer

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