Liberty Cemetery Advisory Committee needs volunteers

William Tipton Butts' grave in Fairview/New Hope cemeteries in Liberty is decorated with a small flag and a poppy presented by the Alexander Doniphan Daughters of the American Revolution. Along with the DAR, SAR and veterans' groups, Liberty's cemetery committee is also charged with keeping the cemeteries up. The committee seeks volunteers.

LIBERTY — Established in 2009, the Cemetery Advisory Committee is charged with oversight of the preservation, beautification and enhancement of the Fairview-New Hope and Mt. Memorial cemeteries in Liberty.

After extensive vandalism was found in the Fairview-New Hope cemeteries in June 2009, the community rallied to help with clean up. Since then, volunteers and staff have reset and leveled hundreds of grave markers.

In addition to financial contributions and countless volunteer hours, the cemeteries have benefited from donations of sand, pea gravel, monument compound, buckets, water and the use of heavy equipment donated to our efforts.

Currently, Parks and Recreation Special Projects Manager Tyler Bedell aids this committee. He said the committee needs volunteers.

“We are searching for Liberty residents passionate about keeping up our memorials and green spaces within the cemeteries,” Bedell said.

Meetings are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month in the conference room at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road.

Those interested can call Bedell at 439-4363 or email him at tbedell@libertymo.gov.

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