Mount Vernon residents pitch in to do something special for veterans

With Memorial Day coming up, volunteers in Mount Vernon got together to do something special for veterans Saturday.

People pitched in to preserve the past by cleaning up the gravestones of veterans who lived and served the country more than 100 years ago. The gravestones are located at Saint Paul?s Church National Historic Site on South Columbus Avenue, which is one of the oldest cemeteries in the country. The headstones mark the resting place of more than 50 men from Westchester who served in wars.

Volunteers dug up the gravestones, set them straight and cleaned them off. One senior conservator said in preparation for Memorial Day, they were concentrating on Civil War veterans. The volunteers said they felt good about preserving a piece of history for future generations.

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