As we celebrate our upcoming Memorial Day. We remember those fallen heroes who fought for our freedom and sacrificed for our country.
Unfortunately according to US veteran groups and government officials, some of the resting places, abroad and stateside, are not being treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. In fact, they claim the problem affects the graves of American soldiers from all past wars. "It's a pattern that you're seeing across the country right now. You have cemeteries being expanded or added to with less or the same number of people caring for the ground. These are people who have defended our ideals. The way we treat and ultimately revere them in perpetuity is a message for tomorrow's generation," says Tim Tetz, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and former legislative director with the American Legion. When people think of military or national cemeteries, Arlington National usually comes to mind, with its perfectly lined up headstones and well-cared for grave sites. Unfortunately, not all national cemeteries are being held to the same standards. An audit by the National Cemetery Administration of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (NCA) of all its 3.2 million gravesites, revealed issues such as misplaced headstones or unmarked gravesites at several sites it managed, but concluded neglect to be more of an issue with smaller state, county and private cemeteries that contain the graves of service members. This is the case happening at The City of Miami Cemetery, which is the oldest historic cemetery in Miami, Florida, United States. It is located at 1800 Northeast 2nd Avenue and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The cemetery is the final resting place of hundreds of veterans from all over the United States, many of them killed in action. Veterans who served in the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War are found here, many of them missing gravestones, crumbling headstones, overgrown weeds, debris, vandalism and theft . Our Volunteer mission is to restore, protect and honor these Soldiers graves, giving them the honor they deserve, respect to those who have served before us and sacrificed their lifes for our freedom today. The purpose of this fundraising effort is to completely restore these Veterans graves , by replacing broken and missing headstones, digging for lost headstones, completely realign and implement an anchoring system, embellishing the grounds, to name a few.
Please contribute to help us honor the final resting place of these American Heroes.