Navy cleans up Mount Olive Cemetery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dozens of veterans are believed to be buried at Mount Olive Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Over the years, the cemetery and graves have been neglected.

On Tuesday, First Class Petty Officers and the Funeral and Honors Detail from Naval Station Mayport spent the day scrubbing, cleaning, and tidying up the tombstones and graves.

Carolyn Thomas lives across the street and said the condition of the cemetery has been an awful sight to see.

"It's disgusting. That's someone's loved one," she said.

Bryan Pentlin, Machinist's Mate 1st Class, said the idea to clean-up the grounds came about after a neighbor called the Navy and asked if there was anything that could be done.

"These are our brothers and sisters out here. They fought wars just like we have," he said.

Pentlin said they'd like to make this a new tradition, and clean-up other neglected cemeteries in the area.

"We're going to come out here at least once every three months and at least on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and every other major holiday, too," he said.

Thomas said she plans to pitch in the next time they volunteer in her neighborhood.

"I'm glad that they are trying to clean up the community," she said.


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