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Thomasville family honors fallen soldiers at local cemetery

Posted at 5:24 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 17:28:20-04

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — In Thomasville, a family is making sure gravesites of veterans are well taken care of this Memorial Day.

Michael and Candace Hines started Peace and Love Gravesite Care about a year ago. Today, they're giving back to veterans by cleaning headstones.

"One day at a time, one grave at a time," said Michael Hines.

Peace and Love Gravesite Care travels hundreds of miles every month, caring for the markers memorializing lost loved ones.

"We do basically upkeeping every month for people who can't get out here and actually do it," Candace Hines said.

Normally the group would have volunteers helping on Memorial Day, but not this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We're going to do maybe 20 to 25 at the most," said Candace Hines. "But we'll do what we can. But hopefully next year we'll have a bigger group that can actually come out and volunteer."

The Hines say cleaning the veteran gravesites is one way their family honors those who have served our country.

It's great for younger generations to know about the area that they live in, and how it was established, and how it was founded, and who did what, who came from where," Michael Hines said.

"We can't really honor them any other way too much, especially with them passed," said Candace Hines. "So this is one way we can memorialize them, respect them."

It's that show of respect that honors the ultimate sacrifice beyond the grave.

To volunteer with Peace and Love or for more information, click here, or call or text 229-977-0082