Volunteers work to clean Leesburg cemetery

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By The Staff

To the editor:

A group of friends, neighbors, and citizens of Harrison County asked themselves, “What can we do that could have a positive effect on our county?” After much thought they realized that they did not have to go far to make an impact. They realized the Leesburg Cemetery, which is on old Highway 62, was in great need of attention. Therefore they decided this was as good of place as any to start. So, Vic Browning, event organizer, rallied the troops. Several people, including Brian Williams and his community service team, came out to the cemetery on Saturday, July 24 and reclaimed it from the clutches of a growing jungle.

During the cleanup, they uncovered some lost history. They discovered many World War I and World War II veterans and were moved as they considered the sacrifice these people made for us so we could enjoy the comfortable life that we have today. Many of the graves were unmarked and stones had been tipped. Also, several of the graves had sunk in and desperately need to be leveled. So, if anyone can donate topsoil for this cause it would be greatly appreciated. Their long-term plan for this cemetery is to clean, groom and seek funding for future maintenance.

The next work day will be Saturday,  Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in helping, please show up at the cemetery and do so.  Mr. Browning would like to thank those that made it out to the event and who wished us well. Also, a big thanks to everyone for their support, sweat, and cheers! He hopes they can continue to do projects like this in the future. If anyone knows of a cemetery that has been lost to history or if there is something we can do to help show our pride for Harrison County, let us know. We strongly believe that if everyone helped just a little bit, we could do great things. Contact Vic Browning at (859)536-7036 or Missy Lutz at (859)234-2643 for more information.

Missy Lutz

Harrison County