WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- A cemetery cleanup day focused on more than just saving the environment. Volunteers joined together to clean up the headstones of WWI veterans.
Group members from Children of the American Revolution, Purdue Veterans Success Center, Special Olympic athletes and more were in attendance at the cemetery.
The Community Historic Project Support (CHiPS) focuses on preserving important structures in West Lafayette. With more than 140 World War I veterans buried at the cemetery, the cleanup was a time to remember them.
Beverly Shaw said the project is a way to show respect and love for the veterans.
"We marked the 140 plus veterans that are out here, and we'll clean up as many of the stones as we can today," said Shaw.
Volunteers went around clearing overgrown grass covering the headstones. Volunteer Morgan Torres said this project is her way to honor those who have lost their lives.
"For every single soldier that has fallen, we do a service hour quota. So, that is something we are doing today," said Torres. "Recognition is so important, and these service hours are the least we can do,"
CHiPS will continue to preserve the history of the city and will be hosting a veteran's cemetery walk on May 20. The focus of the walk will be to share stories on veterans at the cemetery and restoring Caretaker's Cottage.
For more information on upcoming events, you can go to their website.