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Final resting place overtaken by vegetation

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A final resting place is overtaken by vegetation and now one man wants to know why it was allowed to get so bad.

“I came to visit my father a week ago and after ten minutes of looking, I panicked,” Jacob Spaulding said.

What Spaulding found at his father's gravesite disgusted him. He could barely see the name hidden behind all the overgrown weeds, fallen branches and brush.

He said it’s not the way to treat the resting place of a veteran.

“There's more than enough space out here to dump this rubbish and sticks and stuff. They could push it back, but it's right here on top of these soldiers. For the life of me, I don't get it,” Spaulding said.

Spaulding brushed off the area around his father's stone but he's concerned with the condition of the sites around it as well.

The stone is at the edge of the property in a veteran memorial at Oakwood Cemetery.

“It’s never been this bad. This is unacceptable,” Spaulding said.

The cemetery supervisor said it’s a matter of having too much ground to cover.

“We have so much ground to cover, and so little help, some things do get missed,” Nicolas Munoz, supervisor for the City of Saginaw Cemetery Division said.

Munoz said there are only three full-time workers that maintain all three cemeteries owned by the city of Saginaw. He said he wasn’t aware of the state of this area before but now is making it a priority.

“We're going to try and trim the edges of the woods back, definitely get that fallen tree out of there, and make those headstones look nice like the other ones,” he said.

Spaulding said he looks forward to the day when these grave sites are cleaned up.

“They sacrificed a lot for us. I think we can take after their graves,” he said. 

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