As Memorial Day approaches, area maintenance crews are extremely busy mowing cemeteries and trimming around grave markers in preparation for those who will visit the graves of loved ones to pay their respects. This year, maintenance workers from the village of Batavia and Batavia Township have been working side by side, going the extra mile, to ready Batavia Union Cemetery for the holiday weekend, May 23 – 25.
During the week before Memorial Day weekend, the crews reset markers in the oldest section of the cemetery. Many of the markers had fallen into disrepair over the years and with no remaining family members living nearby to tend the graves, they have been seemingly forgotten.
“We have reestablished 72 markers,” said Wayne Smith, maintenance supervisor for the village of Batavia. “This is something that the cemetery board has been wanting the township and village to work together on and get done. It has been our honor to do this.”