Surface grading work is
presently being done at the Cemetery that at first glance may appear to be
disturbing existing grave sites. We wanted to assure you that this is not
the case. Through the years, because of poor drainage, some limited
portions of the Cemetery grounds have eroded, and settled in low spots,
covering many of the headstones, especially in times of heavy rains. This
grading is intended to restore and stabilize the surface under those
headstones so these problems can be avoided in the future.
Some headstones will be
temporarily removed and the lowest spots will be filled and the elevations
raised with earth that has been excavated on site from the foundation for
the fence and the installation of the irrigation system. After all this
earth has been relocated, the headstones will be repositioned in the exact
positions from which they were removed. The subsurface gravesites will in
no way be disturbed. Only the headstones will be removed temporarily.
This is being accomplished by the use of the most advanced GPS (global
positioning system) technology under the supervision of Linda Bowman.
The reuse of surplus soils
within the boundaries of the Cemetery will have the added benefit of
avoiding the traffic and pollution from the diesel trucks and equipment
that would otherwise be needed to import new dirt or haul the existing
dirt away. It will also avoid hauling more dirt off to a dumpsite.
The Restoration Committee
has always been and will continue to be mindful of its obligation to
respect those who are buried at the Cemetery and their environment. The
Committee has not nor will it allow any activity that may in any way
contribute to the pollution of the land, air, or water surrounding the
Evergreen Memorial Historic
Cemetery is and will always be an environmentally friendly place.