Volunteers clean up West Farms Soldiers Cemetery

As Veterans Day nears, the nonprofit organizations say they use the programs interns to remove trash and debris, landscape the grounds and place flags at the graves of veterans.

Valerie Ryan and News 12 Staff

Nov 9, 2023, 1:32 AM

Updated 249 days ago

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The Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy’s Bridge to Crafts Careers Workforce Initiative are cleaning up the historic West Farms Soldiers Cemetery for a second year. 
As Veterans Day nears, the nonprofit organizations say they use the programs interns to remove trash and debris, landscape the grounds and place flags at the graves of veterans.
Elizabeth Hunter, coordinator of Programming at the Woodlawn Conservancy, says college may not be for everyone, so their workforce programs help young adults learn different skills is the trades.
People aged 18-24 can learn masonry, landscaping, bronze restoration and be a part of community restoration. Hunter says it is a 10-week paid internship program and afterward, they help their interns get jobs in the field.
Hunter says doing work like this is an opportunity to learn and honor our city's history.


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