American Legion holds cemetery cleanup in Westfield

Hampden County
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Westfield residents are hoping to spruce up the final resting place of western Massachusetts soldiers. 

Saturday marks the second annual clean-up day at Westfield’s Pine Hill Cemetery.

Volunteers are working to clean headstones and footstones of World War I veterans.

The clean up began at around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the first World War, and recognize the men and women who fought in the great war.

Gene Theroux, who was at the cleanup, told 22News, “We have a responsibility to protect history and ensure the legacy of these people that sacrificed so much. So, this is a rich place of history and certainly, I would like to see this last for generations and generations, and generations.”

November 11 will mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that brought an end to four years of fighting in Europe.

The agreement between U.S allies and Germany was signed on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

Volunteers will also clean Civil War headstones, cenotaphs, Gold Star Mothers monuments and other historical memorials.

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