Veterans Need Help Cleaning up Historic Cemetery in Lacey’s Spring

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The Post Commander for the American Legion in Morgan City says a nearby cemetery in Lacey's Spring is the height of disrespect to the veterans buried there.

Vietnam veteran Jerry Moore called WHNT NEWS 19 for help in getting it cleaned up.

It seems as though the historic Davison Cemetery seems to have fallen through the cracks of taxpayer liability.

This week, Moore walked with WHNT NEWS 19 crews through a thick patch of woods in Morgan County which used to be a well-kept cemetery.

"To me, this is about as disrespectful as it can be," said Jerry Moore.  "It can't get any worse than this."

There are about 150 graves at Davison Cemetery, including those of veterans, dating back to World War I.

"If you wore the uniform and served the country, you deserve better than this," said Moore.

He speaks for all of them, including one of his childhood friends who is buried there.

"David Lee Turner," said Moore.  "Me and him, we chopped cotton, picked cotton, all the way around the cemetery."

Turner fought in Vietnam, just like Moore, but didn't survive.

"He was a couple of years older than me, but we was friends," said Moore.  "And it's just a shame," he said of the overgrown weeds and shrubs that obscure the headstones.

Moore said he contacted the Morgan County Commission for help in getting the cemetery cleaned up.

County Commissioners insist the cemetery is on private property and because of that there's nothing they can do.

"Our engineering department checked to see exactly who's name it was in," said Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long.  "It's still listed as Davison Cemetery.  So, as far as we're concerned it's still private."

Long says records show no one currently pays taxes on the land.
Moore says the cemetery was given to the county decades ago, but Long says the county didn't--and wouldn't--accept it.

"There's a couple hundred cemeteries scattered throughout Morgan County," said Long.  "There's no way that the County Commission can go and clean the cemeteries."

He respectfully suggested a volunteer effort be organized, since America is rooted in patriotism and voluntarism.

"Whether we get any help from the county, state or whatever, we're going to clean the cemetery up," said Moore.

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