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May is National Preservation Month

May is National Preservation Month and this year’s theme is “Celebrating America’s Treasures.” Preservation Week was started in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America. In 2005 Preservation Month was officially observed. Throughout America communities will help spread the word and get volunteers to assist in preservation projects.

We feel that one of our American treasures is our cemeteries. In honor of National Preservation Month we want to ask you to get involved, starting by visiting your local cemeteries. Look to see if you feel there are gravestones that need some attention. You may see a stone that has been knocked over; these stones may also be coved over with dirt and grass.

We ask that you contact the management of the cemetery and find out what kind of plans they have to preserve these gravestones. If they do have a plan to further enhance and save these graves, ask if you can be involved. If they do not have a plan to do any preservation work then ask if you can help them put a plan in place. If they don’t care ask if you can put a plan in place to get any work done that you can. Saving graves can be rewarding and fun. You will be ensuring that future generations are able to visit these sites.

We extend sincere appreciation to all who have done so much this past year to preserve your local cemeteries and save graves. We want to commend all of you who have endeavored to preserve a bit of history by protecting America’s heritage.

Photo taken from the back of the stone, before cleaning.

Photo taken from front of the stone after cleaning.

The above photos are from James Landrum and Sons, a stone cleaning company who is presently cleaning in Central and Southern Indiana Cemeteries.
Contact James Landrum at 812-334-0649 or email

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