Cemetery district hopes to get headstones for unmarked veterans’ graves

There are several veterans’ graves at the Winters Cemetery that do not have headstones, and the Winters Cemetery District is hoping to correct this.

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The tombs of the unnamed soldiers may soon be identified.

Winters Cemetery District Manager Sheila Carbahal and Trustee Joe Bristow intend to procure headstones for a small group of veterans with unmarked graves.

Each Memorial Day, flags are placed by volunteers, on the revered graves of all veterans, according to the cemetery map. Sadly enough, some of these graves have only a plain brick or stone. How these veterans’ headstones were overlooked years ago is unknown.

The Winters Cemetery District will enlist the aid of the Yolo County Veterans Services in Woodland in locating the next of kin and in covering the costs of the granite or brass headstones.

The WCD has a form available in their office at the cemetery, to be filled out by a relative. This would be very helpful in speeding up the process.

It is the goal of the Winters Cemetery District to have this very special project completed as soon as possible.

The cemetery will be beautifully decorated on Memorial Day, which takes place this year on Monday, May 28, with hundreds of small American flags on the veterans’ graves and 50 large flags lining the entrance. It is an inspiring and patriotic sight to behold.

The community is invited to attend Memorial Day services, which feature a respectful and educational service that pays tribute to veterans who have served in times of both war and peace over the years..

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