Beautifying the grounds for Memorial Day ceremony

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
A team of volunteers gathered at Ebenezer M.E. Cemetery in Galloway on May 22 to beautify the grounds for the annual Memorial Day ceremony. According to local resident and cleanup organizer Bill Dawson, there are at least a dozen known individuals who served in the U.S. military who lay at rest in the small cemetery on Johnson Road. He said the annual beautification effort is just a small way for the volunteers to honor their lives and their service to the county. Shown here straightening the American flag stationed outside of the main entrance is Bill Dawson. He created the Little Free Library located inside of the cemetery for the community and regularly helps the Pleasant Township road crew maintain the grounds at the cemetery, which he calls one of the most beautiful and peaceful locations in the county.
Volunteer Herb Sollars places dead vegetation in a wheelbarrow.
Cindy Howe, a member of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Women’s Board, places mulch around the newly planted flowers.
Volunteer Ray Bullock rides in with the floral reinforcements.
Grove City resident Gary Orahood removes weeds near the community bench.
Oliver Dawson, of Groveport, washes the memorial stones at the cemetery.
Chris Farquhar, a member of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Women’s Board, is all smiles as she prepares to dig up weeds in the flower bed.
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