|May 1, 2013|
Veterans’ graves at Antigo Cemetery, some dating back over 100 years, have been transformed through a volunteer effort at Peace Lutheran Church.
Individuals and families from the congregation took part in two special days of volunteerism over the weekend as part of “The Big Serve.”
“This time of community service was part of a larger ministry emphasis at the church called ‘Growing In Faith Together’," Rev. Dave Karolus, church pastor, explained.
On Saturday, members of the church donned red shirts and helped clean veterans graves in the Antigo Cemetery, a project lined up by Antigo’s Park and Recreation Director Sarah Repp.
Some of the grave stones had been standing over 100 years and accumulated so much dirt, moss, and mold that they could not be read.
“It was amazing to see the transformation of these stones to their original white color,” Karolus said “Many of these were the graves of Civil War veterans.
In addition to the cemetery project, several Peace members also helped clean the section of Highway 45 just north of town and took part in the annual Spring Brook clean-up.
A similar day of service was held on April 13 when Peace was putting faith into action by helping with the Project Compassion food pantry, the Langlade County Humane Society, and visited residents at Eastview Medical and Rehab Center, and homebound members of the church.
Chad Luerssen and his son, Nick, clean veterans' markers at Antigo Cemetery as part of Peace Lutheran Church's "The Big Serve'' on Saturday.