Greenwood Memorial Day celebration an expression of gratitude
Greenwood Cemetery, opened in 1869, is home to nearly 300 veterans, including 67 (49 Union and 18 Confederate soldiers), having served during the Civil War. Clarksville citizens, Helaine Mackey and Rex Hipes research year-round to be sure all veterans buried in Greenwood are recognized for their service.
To show respect and to honor these American citizens, U.S. flags are placed along the entry to the grounds, as well as upon each individual veteran’s grave site.
“It was a good lesson in civic duty, patriotism, and responsibility for the children of Clarksville who spent a Saturday morning decorating graves with the flags. Their job was made easier by the generosity of local businesses and individuals who donated time, resources, and the use of machinery. Metal flag holders, topped by a 6-inch star with a “V” for veteran cut into it, were welded together and placed on each veteran’s grave. The children were able to locate the sites and place a flag in each holder. A special thank you goes out to Sparks Maintenance Contracting and PLTC for cutting and polishing the stars; CMC Distributing and Manufacturing, Frank Mackey, and Rex Hipes for donating materials; John Seward, Scott Hipes, and PLTC for welding; and Rusty Black and Rex Hipes for donating U.S. flags.
A special Memorial Day Program is scheduled by VFW Post No. 4610 of Clarksville on Sunday, May 24, at 3 p.m. All are welcome as the community is invited to attend. Social distancing will be observed, and citizens may sit in their cars or spread out across the yard.
Greenwood Cemetery is a beautiful place. Those involved in its care and upkeep encourage everyone to come out, take a walk, enjoy the scenery, and reflect upon the history of the community and its residents.