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.
Tallahassee, Florida - May 27, 2011 - Noon -

Pictures are attached above.

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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  • by Kyle Sharpton Location: yokouska japan on Jun 16, 2011 at 03:42 AM
    as a former young marine who is now serving i the navy i am glad to know that the cemetery that the young marines of the big bend help tack care of has been made better and to all the ones that served before me thank u for all u did and to all the ones that payed the for the freedoms that we have thank you
  • by Pat Location: Tallahassee on May 27, 2011 at 05:10 PM
    my husband is a WW11 vet and belongs to a VFW post in CT where we lived before moving here. Can he transfer his membership to this Post? Does this cemetary accept cremation remains?
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      by RetiredMarine on May 28, 2011 at 03:17 PM in reply to Pat
      Pat, he may want to wait until they seat a new commander and come as a guest for a few times to see if he really wants to transfer. I'm a life member and find very little to do there that amounts to a hill of beans. And yes they do have a space for Cremains. Like " not sure either " commented the cemetary is very small and it is off the beaten path. Plus the care that is supposedly afforded by the Post is only guaranteed as long as it has a Charter, and there are constant rumors as to whether it will remain solvent. I personally would rather be interred in a V.A. cemetary and we should be seeing one in Tallahassee in the near future.
  • by RetiredMarine Location: Tallahassee on May 27, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    You can bet that the only thing a certain publicity hound worked was his mouth and the media. He knows a lot about mattress selling, I'll give him that...The real credit belongs to Al McConagal and the " Junior Marines ". They alone have carried the responsibility for the cemetary for years.
  • by not sure either Location: tallahassee on May 27, 2011 at 03:20 PM
    I am not sure but the internet lists addresses. one listed is the VFW 3308 cemetery at: This is a small cemetery about 150 by 150 feet in size. It's located at the corner of Fox Road and Briar Trail right next to the Moody Cemetery. It's fenced with a flag pole in the center. Surveyed February 18 2001 by Vickie Stevens and Rachele Dunlap. Maybe the one?????
  • by not sure Location: tallahassee? on May 27, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    Never knew there was one here either....where is it located?
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