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Forest Grove Cemetery in Lexington, Missouri has fallen into disrepair over the last fifty or so years—overgrown with brush, headstones knocked down by vandals, a fence in desperate need of replacement….but good people around the city and beyond are acting to spruce things up at Forest Grove so it can again shine as part of our historic narrative. You can help, too! About two years ago, members of the Lexington Methodist Church and a tree crew from Chris Huffman’s IG Construction company met there for a work party. Brush was cleared, dead trees removed, and headstones placed upright (many still need to be reset). Shortly after the work party, the City bolstered the entire cemetery road with old asphalt recycled from a recently resurfaced street. The asphalt was laid out by IG Construction. And money was raised to install a new fence. We thank everyone who made this new fence possible.

We have also installed a new gate.

Future plans include getting a headstone for our Civil War veteran, repairing damaged headstones, creating a memorial area with new flagpole, upgrading the road, and planting flowers across the front of the fence (as it was in the past. We will also have a fundraiser to purchase a headstone for Miss Eva.

On our work day May 18 we cleaned headstones of forty-two veterans and decorated the grounds for Memorial Day.

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