historic Rose Hill Cemetery was established in 1893 and has been the
burial ground for many Civil War soldiers from the local Confederate
Home. When Butch Bridges saw the tombstones of these veterans were
being held together with rebar and bailing wire, he felt moved to
restore them to honor the memories of the soldiers they represented.
Although he would donate his labor, there would be expenses in creating
new markers that were exact replicas of the originals, so he began
raising funds from a variety of sources. Money came in from as far
away as California to replace 50 headstones, and a fellow veteran, Doug
Williams, stepped forward to build molds for the bases of the markers
and get it all set up at the cemetery.
Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day this year, poignant rededication
services were conducted at the cemetery and history was preserved. One
of our judges commented that this was a beautiful labor of love by two
men who would be the pride of any community.
Bridges and Doug Williams, for the excellence in craftsmanship and
caring exhibited by both of you, and for being a comforting inspiration
to all veterans and their families, we proudly salute both of you
Posted on 05/01/2006
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under