Some Gave All: Local VFW Cemetery Gets Makeover

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

UPDATED 5-27 at 6:15pm By Candace Sweat

This is the only Veterans of Foreign Wars cemetery the United States. And it's right here in Tallahassee.

With such a claim to fame, some say, instead of looking like this, it should look like this.

"Our beloved comrades and their families are laid here to rest," said Mark Alvarez, Post Commander for VFW Post 8803.

It was a six-month project. About 100 people worked on the transformation.

"It's almost park-like now, where people will want to come and gather and be pensive about the soldiers who've lost their lives," said David Malcolm form Keep Tallahassee and Leon County Beautiful.

The once neglected site has been enhanced with bricks, flags, new landscaping, and benches.

And just in time for Memorial Day, phase one of the project is complete.

Some hope the renewal of the cemetery will renew a sense of appreciation for veterans.

And among all the barbecues, and blowout sales...people will pause to remember them.

"First of all, it's a very solemn day for us. It's more than a mattress sale. This is the day that we reflect and we think about the heroes that didn't come home," said Alvarez.

Now those heroes have a place the community can be proud of.

The county gave the land to the VFW in 1969. The cemetery was opened in the early 70's.

Only members of Tallahassee's VFW Post 8803 and their wives have the honor of being buried there.
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Tallahassee, Florida - May 27, 2011 - Noon -

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The only VFW cemetery in the United States is right here in our area. The Veterans of Foreign Wars cemetery in Tallahassee is getting a makeover just in time for Memorial Day.

The County gave the land to VFW Post 3308 back in 1969. They opened the cemetery in the early 70's. Today, veterans and community members are celebrating the transformation of the historical site.

Check out our live video from our noon show above.

People say they really hope others will remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. They're encouraging everyone to pause to remember these vets and other vets, some of who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.


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