Over 1,300 Headstones Successfully Cleaned
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Hands Across Time
A community project in partnership with local Veterans, Boy Scouts, and community volunteers to clean and restore the headstones of our fallen heroes at the Veterans Cemetery on the grounds of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
On Saturday, October 5th, 2013, over fifty Veterans, Boy Scouts, and community
volunteers joined together to support the "Hands Across Time" project. The many volunteers who attended the event donated their time and energy and the work of their hands to honor fallen Veterans by cleaning headstones in the Veteran's Cemetery on the grounds of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505.
The event kicked off with an opening ceremony led by David Byers, founder of "Hands Across Time", and included a flag raising ceremony by the Boy Scouts, the playing of taps by Glenn Jarrell from Bugles Across America, and special remarks by Eric Alderman, Director of Operations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Also in attendance were Michigan State Representatives Rob VerHeulen from the 74th House District and Winnie Brinks from the 76th House District who addressed the volunteers after presenting an award to one of the Boy Scout volunteers from Troop 314. In appreciation of the volunteers' efforts during the project, coffee and donuts were served in the morning followed by an "All American" cookout at noon that included grilled hot dogs, potato chips, fruit and beverages. The project was blessed with dry weather all day during this first of its kind "rain or shine" event.
Food and other items were generously donated by the following local Grand Rapids area business: Kent Quality Foods, Arnie's Bakery, Ralph's Market, Meijer on Alpine, Forest Hills Foods, Blok Orchard, Sietsema's Orchard, Robinette's Orchard, Tommy Branns, Tim Horton's on Plainfield, Krispy Kreme, Ken's Market, the employees of Preferred Credit Union, and Perrigo Printing. All surplus food was donated immediately after the event to God's Kitchen, 303 Division Ave. S., Grand Rapids, Michigan.