Soldiers unite to clean historic African-American cemeteries in Hampton

Posted at 8:04 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 20:04:54-04

HAMPTON, Va. - Soldiers volunteered their time Saturday afternoon at historic cemeteries in an effort to keep them clean.

The soldiers met at the historical African-American museums in Hampton. They say they want to take Army values and share them with the community.

Cemeteries included the Bassette Cemetery and Elmerton Cemetery located at Downtown Hampton on North King Street.

Groups that joined the event included the Barrett-Peake Foundations and Do-Gooders of Hampton Roads.

"When you look around and see the positive energy that's going on here today, you're seeing an effort we've been building since may. When a lot of the civil unrest of our country started to impact our organization we thought we needed to take action. We thought teaching everyone how to have difficult conversation to create positive communication first. Connecting with our local community like he in the Hampton roads area and turning that into positive action."

Those involved say this is a bi-weekly effort and say its unified team effort to put aside their differences and help others.

The next event will be held on September 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.