Staff Shows Appreciation to Helpers Following Vandalism at Cemetery

Following many graves being vandalized, Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery gave back to the community on Saturday.

(WLTX) -- To express their appreciation for the support following the recent acts of vandalism, Greenlawn Memorial Park hosted a Family and Community Appreciation Cookout Saturday afternoon.

Park staff had hamburgers, hot dogs and chips for residents to come and enjoy. In addition, Pelican Snoballs were also there to cool residents off. All food and festivities were free of charge for attendees.

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Suzanne Elkins, General Manager at Greenlawn Memorial Park, says that it means a lot to her that residents have come together in support of the park.

“Many people who don’t even have loved ones buried here came out to help. Elkins said. “Stationed throughout the park are different volunteers helping replace flowers, helping replace flags, and being able to come out and see if everything is okay for your cemetery lot and they’re there to help you.”

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One of those individuals that Elkins was referring to was Phillip Beeler. Both of Beeler’s parents are buried at Green Lawn. But in the days leading up to the fourth of July, Beeler did his due-diligence to make sure that flags were placed on all the veterans’ plots.

“I picked up trash and went through and replace all the flags that were taken and put new ones out.” Beeler said. Beeler also gave praise to the community for their support of the Park.

“My parents are out here, I have lots of friends who have family out here, Beeler said. “I just like volunteering. The community has really come together to help clean up this place.”

If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering at Greenlawn Memorial Park, you are encouraged to go to their website at http://www.greenlawnmemorialcolumbia.com.

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