Volunteers clean headstones at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs


90,000 people are buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, and a group of tombstone scrubbers is taking it one headstone at a time.

Dave Carr and the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society are teaching the community how to properly clean headstones at Colorado Springs’ oldest cemetery on Thursdays this summer.

“The cemetery relies on volunteers to help maintain the cemetery,” Carr said.

Vickie Sherwood is involved to remember those who came before her.

“Either the family members died, or they moved away, and nobody takes are of them, and I really appreciate the Benevolent Society taking the time to teach us how to take care of the stones,” Sherwood said.

“To be able to provide that service without any expectation of a return, of a thank you, but to be able to just remember that person for a moment in time makes it very special,” Carr said.

To get involved on Thursday evenings this summer, contact the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society

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