IRONTON, Ohio (WOWK) – All gave some, while some gave all. With Memorial Day around the corner, veterans and volunteers alike headed out to Woodland Cemetery to clean up the Veterans’ plot.
Those clean-up efforts, hitting home for many of the people helping out on Monday.
“We just wanted to help out,” said Bayleigh Wilson. Her friend Kylie Haynes nodded in agreement, “yeah, we’re cleaning up the veteran graves,” she said.
These little girls may be too young to realize the impact of what they’re doing, but not too young to appreciate the sacrifices made before they were even alive.
People like Thomas Williams know that sacrifice and pain first hand as Williams has lost both family and friends in war.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at the Vietnam War Veteran as he cleans off the graves, but he’s struggling.
“[I have] agent orange real bad and it’s [going to] take me, but even being handicapped now, I can still get done like this and walk around and do some work,” said Williams.
Regardless of his condition, he was down on both knees, paying his respects plot by plot.
Williams and other volunteers swept off plots, pulled up weeds around them, and shined the graves with some ‘Wet and Forget.’
“It’s honorable,” Williams said, describing the work of volunteers.
Just a helping hand went long way to clean up the 1600 veteran graves at Woodland Cemetery, reminding everyone of the sacrifice veterans gave so that all of us could have the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.
Volunteers like Rachel Jackson, whose husband is a veteran, emphasized that very sacrifice.
“It’s important to show that these people aren’t forgotten,” said Jackson. “We still care about their sacrifices and what they did.”
Williams agreed. “These people sacrificed, and they need to be honored not just once or twice a year, but all year around,” he said.