Headstones to be Restored Ahead of WWI 100th Anniversary

DES MOINES, Iowa – A local cemetery is getting some help in time for the 100th anniversary of World War I in August.

At 37 acres, Glendale Cemetery is the largest veterans’ cemetery in the state. Organizers want to restore more than 3,000 headstones.

Crews say the lettering is starting to fade.

“When we deal with marble like we’re doing, if there is any type of dirt or debris, or anything on there and the rain hits it, it’s a severe acid reaction. So much so that it would erode the lettering,” veteran, Gerald LaBlanc explained.

LaBlanc said the project needs $17,000. So far the cemetery has about 10 percent of its goal.

People can drop off donations at the cemetery.

They hope to have the funds by June 25th.