The graves of over 300 hundred veterans were cleaned and polished up yesterday at the Drumheller Municipal Cemetery.
The need to respect, honor and cherish the memories of our fallen veterans within our community seemed like a daunting task for local, Eric Dahl. Dahl felt it was his responsibility, just over a year and a half ago, to tend to the graves of the resting soldiers by cleaning up grave sites within the cemetery.
On Saturday, over 50 volunteers arrived to help Eric in his conquest of restoration, many of them with ties to the military community within Canada such as Legion President Burt Cote and veterans groups from different parts of Alberta.
"We are going to do them all, all over again," explained Dhal as he and the volunteers began their work. "We are going to retouch and clean up every single veterans grave here. There's a little over 300 of them."
Cote noted that from a Legion point of view, it was an honor to see all the people who came to help out. People from all over Alberta and even the United States showed up to work in the four Fields of Honor.
"Veterans that weren't Canadian are coming down here to help clean that (the grave sites)," said President Cote. "It just shows how much they honor our veterans as much as we honor theirs."
Volunteers who showed up were blown away by Dahl's progress and eager to finish the work he had started.
"I'm honored to be here today and I'm glad I showed up." explained volunteer, Lise Duplin. "It feels good inside just to be here and volunteer within our community and I'm glad I made it out."
Dahl spoke with DrumFM Sunday morning and confirmed that the last day push to clean all the graves was successful.