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Vet Events Tally helps restore headstones for fallen veterans

Posted at 3:43 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 10:24:35-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - — People in Tallahassee are on a mission to show fallen Veterans they care.

Volunteers for Vet Events Tally said cemeteries often need TLC, especially after storms come through and the ground naturally shifts. Now, they want to do all they can to keep the grave sites in good condition.

Saturday's event brought out people like Michael Carter to help realign headstones in Veterans Memorial Park.

"It's very emotional for me," said Michael Carter. "They've served their time and I just want to do something positive and help out and pay my respects."

Carter said he felt the need to pay respects to fallen vets by fixing up their final resting place.

"It's in disarray," said Keith Planner. "You have headstones different heights, they're crooked. It's just needs to be straightened up, to restore the honor and dignity that's typical of a military burial."

Vietnam Veterans of America recently visited the cemetery and noticed the issue. Planner said the city gladly provided the materials to start the project all they had to do was get the community to come out and help.

Leon High Schools ROTC program pitched in as well. The top cadet reflected on his grandfather, who served in Vietnam.

"I'm kind of remembering him in a way, he passed a couple of years ago," said Gordon O'Donnell. "It's almost like I'm helping family."

As for Carter, this is the least he can do to help out a comrade.

"I love my vets and this is my way of honoring them," said Carter.

This was just the first day of work for Vet Events Tally. The group plans to restore more headstones there on March 14.