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Last Week in the Cemetery (Week of August 28)

Posted September 15, 2023 by M.S. Coyne

Still more Mowing and Trimming; Trimming and Mowing. In addition, it was HOT as Lexington endured a heat dome. But work continued. Hoe and Hope Garden Club of Lexington worked hard to remove the deadwood from our alleys of Crape Myrtle (Lagertstroemia spp.). You would be surprised how much dead wood is hidden inside a large Crape Myrtle.

On August 23 a Youth Group from the Latter Day Saints visited the cemetery for a service event. They weeded our plot for replacement markers honoring USCT veterans and also scrubbed as many of the

veteran markers in the cemetery as they could find. Remember that the easiest way to find a veteran’s grave in African Cemetery No. 2 is to look for the Irises (Iris spp.) planted next to it. Not all the military veterans have the classic marble with chevron – there were other options. Many veterans were also buried with civilian markers instead.

A few of the trees and shrubs seem to be fruiting early. The Elderberries (Sambucus spp.) are dark purple and ripe, but the birds have eaten virtually all the fruit that set. Likewise, the Black Cherry(Prunus serotina) is ripening and ready to pick.

Remember, if you or your group would like to contribute a few hours of service maintaining African Cemetery No. 2 in 2023 (perhaps weeding), please contact Mark Coyne at to plan a visit.

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