Crowd cleans cemetery

People of all ages turn out for clean-up at the Flomaton cemetery

"It was beyond everything I expected," is how Kay Wagner explained Saturday's clean-up day at Flomaton Cemetery.

In March, Wagner announced that she was working on a plan to bring back 'Decoration Day' and have volunteers come and help clean up the cemetery. She said 'Decoration Day' began in 1868 after the Civil War ended and was set aside for people to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Over the years, the Saturday before Mother's Day was set aside as the clean-up day.

"The response has been unbelievable," she said. "After the first story ran in the paper (April 29 edition of...

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