It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1860’s when Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, decorating the graves of fallen war heroes.
But on a day when most graves are decorated, the graves at Lincoln Colored Cemetery in Mechanicsburg were bare.
“It’s sad because when you walk into this cemetery there are no nice planters, nice flowers or nice wreaths with red white and blue everywhere,” said Nancy Kreiner.
Eighteen years ago Nancy and members of the Vietnam Veterans of Mechanicsburg started caring for the cemetery.
“You could hardly find the tombstones. It was all grown up, up to our knees and tombstones laid over,” recalls Nancy.
Now, every Memorial Day, the group holds a service to honor those who were laid to rest there and decorates the graves. The war heroes include 12 Civil War soldiers.
Thanks to the Vietnam Veterans of Mechanicsburg, the men are honored with a flag, benches, and a beautiful cemetery.
“There’s been a lot of hard work put into this,” she says.