In appreciation for the service veterans provide for their country and their community, the Backus Evergreen Cemetery Association presented the Backus American Legion with deeds to 80 new grave sites.
“We’ve had a good working relationship with the Legion and they do a lot of things for our community,” said Tom Holden, cemetery association vice president.
Holden added that in addition to wanting to meet the needs of current veterans, the association wanted to provide sites for those now serving in the wars on terrorism and for soldiers who serve in the military in the future.
He said prior to the gift the numbers of remaining sites reserved by the association for the Legion was limited. He noted that the Legion in the past provided financial assistance to the cemetery for a new building and lawnmowers. The cemetery contains a veterans memorial, the location of the Legion post’s annual Memorial Day services.
The sites were given to the Legion to use as the organization sees fit, Holden said. The Legion is expected to develop guidelines for their use, said Commander William Taylor, who accepted the deeds from the association on behalf of the Legion.