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The Carthage Press
  • Ambassadors Club cares for Cedar Hill Cemetery

  • Take Chestnut Street going east out of Carthage, past the Battle of Carthage historic site, the cemetery sits on the right side.
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  • Take Chestnut Street going east out of Carthage, past the Battle of Carthage historic site, the cemetery sits on the right side.
    Not long ago, the community would have seen quite a different scene than what is visible today. The Ambassadors Club of Carthage, along with other volunteers, have taken on maintenance
    responsibilities and the beautification of Cedar Hill Cemetery. The group is encouraged about the future based on the impact they've made already.
    “This all started last Memorial Day,” said Ogis Davis, president of the Ambassadors Club. “I was out here taking care of my family's spot and a very nice couple came up and we got to talking about how pathetic the place looked. That inspired me and so the Ambassadors Club vowed to take care of all of it.”
    Immediately the club had the city's support and some mowers were sent to help with the initial clean-up. The cemetery, home to about 750 grave-sites, was overrun with weeds, tall grass, snakes and other rodents. Now, every two weeks many volunteers can be seen at the cemetery mowing, trimming and taking care of the cemetery. Visitors can now see the fence-line.
    “We're taking it to the next level of care this place hasn't seen in a long time,” said Gary Wofford, vice president of the Ambassadors Club. “We're trying to raise awareness of the cemetery. Those that care for spots do a good job, we're just letting everyone know that we're going to take care of all of it. We just don't want it to be an eyesore anymore and have the community have faith in us that we're going to make it look nice.”
    Cleanup is just one of the projects the club has undertaken.
    “There are literally hundreds of unmarked and undocumented burials in Cedar Hill Cemetery, many of them veterans of WWI and WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam and even the Civil War,” Davis said. “As a result of vandalism, poorly kept records and the lack of finances to purchase proper headstones, it is impossible to determine the exact amount of burials. But, we hope to erect a memorial for the veterans.”
    To help with the cemetery upkeep and the projects the Ambassadors Club hopes for the site, the community may make donations. The club needs help to help offset the cost of equipment, fuel, headstone repairs/ replacements and dirt. Davis may be reached at 674-0559, or Wofford may be reached at 540-5188.
    “I plan on this being my home someday,” Davis said. “It's inevitable, we're all going to go someday … I just see this as me taking care of my own future yard.”

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