A Big Thank You to all our Volunteers
We always organize a work day at PFC in the fall to fill in sunken graves with dirt, plant grass and spread hay to help it germinate. This year we decided to add a task to pressure wash the fence and signs that are on the right side of the entrance road. You would not think pressure washing would be a difficult project - but realize there are not water faucets with pressure at PFC. Therefore, we recruited Caleb Wilson from Lee Heights to help us. They have a truck mounted system that has a 300 gallon tank plus a special pressure washer that can start with water in a tank that is not pressurized to 60 or 75 lbs. I organized a crew of 4 to work on the fence - Gary Heidinger, Stan Duke, Caleb Wilson and me. We worked for 2 hours and were delighted with the results.
The sections of fence were covered with mold and big blotches of lichen. Gary and IDave Stinton worked for about an hour scrubbing the first 3 sections of fence before it could be pressure washed. At the end of the 2 hour work session, we had pressure washed and cleaned 15 sections of fence. Unfortunately, there is a lot more fence that needs to be cleaned - but the entrance now looks really good.
Pleasant Forest Cemetery creates a permanent flag installation honoring Veterans
Pleasant Forest Cemetery has a strong history of supporting the memory of all the veterans interred within the grounds. From the Revolutionary War to the present each veteran is honored once a year by the planting of flags on individual graves. However, it was felt that more was needed, and the idea of a permanent flag installation began. What seemed relatively simple actually was quite complex. It was determined that the flag would be lighted and so the project began. After months of digging, pouring a foundation, choosing the right flag and pole, and then bringing buried electrical lines in....the project was complete!
A volunteer effort was undertaken and the commitment given to this effort was continued into the weeks and months it took from the planning stages to completion. Honoring the veterans with their own hard work was far more rewarding than hiring teams of workers to do this task. Pleasant Forest Cemetery will ensure all veterans will be remembered with dignity and continue to ensure the maintenance and upkeep of the individual graves.
|It all starts the old-fashioned way....digging a hole.
|Wind plays a great role in the need for a strong foundation.
This project involved the tireless efforts of everyone coming together to create a strong and lasting symbol that will honor the many veterans interred within the grounds of Pleasant Forest Cemetery. The countless hours of labor were considered a way to continue honoring our many veterans.