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Veterans headstone cleaning at Mount Pleasant Cemetery completed

ALEXANDRIA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Volunteers, local residents and county employees on Saturday returned to Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Alexandria Township to complete the cleaning of veterans’ headstones.

Commissioner Director Zach Rich along with Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renee Robeson, and volunteers on July 15 started with the cleaning of headstones at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

“It is humbling to see the tremendous public support and growing number of volunteers that continue to support the Hunterdon County veteran headstone cleaning program. We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to those who have worn the uniform in defense of our freedoms,” Rich said.

More than two dozen volunteers participated this past weekend in Alexandria Township, for the third location of the year, Veteran Headstone Cleaning initiative in Hunterdon County.

All the volunteers received instructions for the proper protocol on headstone cleaning and were directed to clean the gravesites marked with an America flag. It was a great day and a wonderful way of saying ‘thank you’ to our veterans.

Rich Booth, who is the Veterans Services Officer for Hunterdon County and attended both days of headstone cleaning said, “We have had a great turnout of volunteers in Alexandria Township at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. This is a large cemetery, and I can’t thank all the volunteers enough for coming out over the course of two days and cleaning headstones to ensure that our veterans are never forgotten.”

Hunterdon County first began cleaning veteran headstones in 2021, following a visit from Trae Zipperer, Navy Veteran, and founder of the non-profit group, ‘By Memorial Day’, an organization with a focused goal to clean and care for every Veteran headstone across the county.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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