Good Samaritans spend time sprucing up cemetery - WNEM TV 5

Good Samaritans spend time sprucing up cemetery

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Some local Good Samaritans spent their Memorial Day holiday making sure a local cemetery is worthy of our fallen vets.

Marilyn Klenk already had a heavy heart when she came to visit her father, a World War two veteran, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Saginaw. But her heart became even heavier when she saw the conditions of his resting place.

"I didn't expect to see all this grass. Luckily I brought scissors, so I could trim the grass around it," says Klenk.

Over grown grass and weeds have some grave-sites completely covered. Kariana McKenny couldn't even find her grandmother's headstone.

"We can't see over the grass. It's too high out here. It's even a lady volunteering to cut people's plot's down so they can pay respects to their loved ones," says McKenny.

Liat Honsinger-Marlow learned about the conditions at the cemetery when her Facebook friend Lloyd Tinsley posted pictures. She says it's a disgrace, so she and her husband decided to do something about it.

"He loaded up the lawnmower and the golfcart and other tools and here we are mowing," says Honsinger-Marlow.

They spent about six hours mowing, work the city is responsible for. But Saginaw's director of public service tells TV5, he doesn't have the staff, the money or the equipment right now to keep all the parks and cemeteries properly maintained.

Marlow understands the city is struggling financially and says that's why she's willing to step up.

Many families are appreciative of their efforts. Some like Marilyn Klenk plan to follow their lead and return to the cemetery with a mower. She says the way it looks now, is unacceptable.

The owner of Santa's Lawncare in Saginaw is a veteran himself and he plans to head over to the cemetery Tuesday to keep mowing. He's asking for volunteers to come to the veterans' section around 12 p.m. to help.

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