PITTSBURG, Kan. – Memorial Day… Veterans Day. Two of the most recognizable days we remember our fallen servicemen. Some members of the Pittsburg High School Key Club added to that list today, as they spent their Sunday cleaning veterans’ headstones at Mount Olive Cemetery.
“I just think it’s really rewarding to see a bunch of people like this come out and do something good.” Emily Reams is a junior at Pittsburg High School and decided to join some of her fellow Key Club members at Mount Olive Cemetery to take care of those who have already taken care of us. “It is important to make sure that these tombstones are treated with respect and that they are beautiful and that we emphasize that these people were people who fought for us.”
For Reams, giving back is second nature. “I’ve always been taught to give back to the community I live in, no matter where I am, so volunteering and giving back is something that is, it’s really a staple in my life. “
Ashaln Brooks is a senior at Pittsburg High and this is his second year to come clean gravestones. “I just think it’s really cool to be able to clean the tombstones that some people forgot, the ones we clean are the ones that have been here the longest, like, they’re veterans, they’re Confederate soldiers, they are Union soldiers, and a lot of them don’t have any living families anymore, so I think it’s really cool to give them new life and get to where people can actually read their name now and we can remember them a little bit more. “
One by one, the Key Club members cleaned up each gravestone, which Brooks said a year ago was a more difficult task. “When we started we only had maybe four people who were actually ready to get up at 11:00 am on a Sunday and come and clean the tombstones, but now it’s grown a lot, I think a lot more people realize how cool it can be and how fun it is to clean tombstones and how important it is to the community, and it’s really cool to see people, especially first year students 14 year old, come here to do it.
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