Volunteers clean the resting places of veterans

Jerry Roxbury, Lauryn Chappell, H. L. Crews and Bradley Hudson keep their distance while clearing underbrush from a historic Dryburg cemetery, the final resting place of at least five veterans.

With all the fears and anxiety related to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the local John M. Jordan Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans historical honor society, like many local churches and other organizations, have determined to temporarily suspend the camp’s monthly meetings.

Nevertheless, the heritage organization continues to stay active in community service while exercising due caution in keeping safe distancing.

Over the past several weeks and prior to Gov. Ralph Northam’s latest stay-at-home order, camp members and friends volunteered considerable hours maintaining the neglected final resting places of “our often forgotten American Veterans,” said Bill Crews.

This community service activity allows members to meet in small groups of four or five, enjoy the benefits of social engagement, fresh air and healthy outdoor exercise while maintaining social distancing guidelines and personal safety awareness, according to Crews.

Cemeteries located near Hyco, Cluster Strings and Dryburg have received major clearing and clean up over the past several weeks, while gravesites near Sutherlin and other parts of the county are routinely maintained by individual camp members. Cemeteries within the Winns Creek, Crystal Hill and Lenning communities have been indentified for future camp projects.

In these very trying times, the John M. Jordan Camp 581 Sons of Confederate Veterans encourages everyone to work together to maintain a safe and healthy community by following CDC guidelines, without sacrificing our obligations to our history and ancestors.”

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God has given thee.” (Exodus 20:12 KJV)