Vietnam veteran John Kukitz contacted UA’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs about the condition of the grave of his friend SSG Lewis Grady, killed in action. He provided the funds to buy cleaning supplies for the graves of his friend and other veterans.
The Crimson Legion, formerly the Campus Veterans Association, along with other UA students decided to clean the graves of all the veterans resting in Chambers Cemetery in Holt.
VMA Director David Blair, shown here, said the group has done such projects before and there is interest in doing more.
The cemetery held graves of U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force vets from different eras. All were tended with care.
Some of the students who gave their Thursday morning to clean about 22 veterans’ graves. Photo courtesy of David Blair.
While focused on cleaning veterans’ headstones, the group also tidied around the other 80 graves in the cemetery.
It began with a phone call from a veteran inquiring about a buddy's grave. It became a project for the Crimson Legion and other students.
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