CLINTON, N.Y. -- Local volunteers joined together Monday to help clean up the Old Clinton Burying Ground on Kirkland Avenue.
Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution clean the headstones at the cemetery each year during their Day of Service. The women were joined by local Cub Scouts, veterans and high school students who added some elbow grease to the effort.
Forty-nine Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War are buried in the cemetery
“This is one of the older cemeteries in the area and we feel a real affinity; and we love coming every year and cleaning these stones, and honoring those who fought for our freedom,” said Suzanne Bellinger, regent of the local DAR.
The group scrubs the headstones at the cemetery every year, but this year
“Having the kids work here and see them work and letting them understand what it was that these men gave to this country. The founding principles of DAR are historic preservation, education and patriotism. And this engenders in these children all three of them,” said Bellinger.
The kids even used toothbrushes to scrub the nooks and crannies on the headstones.