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Ohio associations clean up national cemeteries

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The two events will be held Saturday, Nov. 12.

| October 10, 2011

From the "War of Independence” to the war in Afghanistan, more than 1.3 million American soldiers have lost their lives in the name of freedom. Of those fallen heroes, perhaps the most numbered losses (623,000) occurred on our own soil. The Great Civil War prompted then President Abraham Lincoln on July 7th, 1862 to sign legislation authorizing the Federal Government to purchase land to serve as a final resting place for soldiers whom had lost their lives while serving the country.  

Nearly 150 years and 114 cemeteries later, Mr. Lincolns legacy lives on.  

With the single exception of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, which is managed by the Department of the Army, all are administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

While these cemeteries are scattered throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, our own state of Ohio has two National Cemeteries.  

Since 1994, the Ohio Lawn Care Association, through its generous membership, has devoted countless hours and materials to the task of beautifying the hallowed grounds at the Dayton National Veterans Cemetery in Dayton.

ONLA is teaming up with OLCA to reach out to all members to join the organizations on Saturday, Nov. 12 for this greatest of events "A Grateful Embrace.” This year the organizations have added another site that is in great need of help. The "Ohio Western Reserve Cemetery” in Rittman, Ohio will experience its inaugural event by the same name and will run simultaneously with the Dayton project.  

There will be doughnuts and coffee for volunteers upon their arrival and lunch upon completion of the day’s work. Promptly at 9:00 am, there will be a short ceremony at each venue capturing the spirit and humbleness of the event which will include guest speakers, Honor Guard and Benediction. Most of the materials (fertilizer) will be provided through the donations of industry suppliers; however OLA is asking that those who can donate five bags of fertilizer to the cause as well. Attendees will need to bring spreaders, blowers and all of the manpower they can muster to help get 160 acres of turf fertilized on that day.  

Arrival and check in times for each event will be 7:00 am and work should be completed by noon.

For information on how to sign up, click here.  

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