Some people are spending these days leading up to Memorial Day by cleaning and sprucing up cemeteries across our area.
New American flags also fly from veterans’ graves.
Families of the dead said they appreciate all the work done at one cemetery near Nanticoke.
Judy Knorr clears away leaves from her uncle’s grave at the St. Adalbert’s Cemetery in Glen Lyon.
“These young men and woman gave their lives for our freedom and that’s one thing that one thing they should remember until the day they die and get buried,” said Knorr.
The WWII veteran died nearly 70 years ago. Knorr and her husband, Wilbur, stopped by to pay their respect and plant flowers.
“What goes in my heart he died too young. He died too young and saw too much and he was never the same when he came back I feel we owe him that much to come and take care of his grave,” added Knorr.
The caretaker at St. Adalbert’s Cemetery Joe Hillar keeps the grounds looking clean.
“Honor the veterans and keep it nice all year but we do an extra special job for this weekend,” said Hillar.
Maintaining a cemetery this size is no easy task. Workers here spent all week sprucing it up. They call this the most important weekend of the year.
Retired United States Air Force Sergeant John Kotz put the finishing touches on the landscaping. After serving 20 years in the military, he now helps out at the cemetery. Sergeant Kotz said it’s not about the pay, it’s about the respect.
“Lots of separation from families. Lots of missed first time things and I take the respect to that because I know what they did and that`s why I like to do it,” said Sergeant Kotz.