APOPKA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The graves and headstones are now visible today at the Plymouth Memorial Cemetery in Apopka as lawn crews cut away the overgrown grass at the direction of the president of the cemetery committee.
On Tuesday, FOX 35 showed the cemetery completely overgrown, sparking outrage in the community.
“We want to come out here after they mow it and we’re going to help them pick weeds, just get the place cleaned up to help our community,” said Debbie O’Donnell with American Heritage Girls.
FOX 35 tracked down the president of the cemetery committee who said the city of Apopka was supposed to cut the grass, but the city said its agreement was only for minimal maintenance.
“The city offered to mow this site four times a year, which the last time we had mowed this was in the month of June,” said Robert Sargent with the City of Apopka.
Outside of that the St James AME Church in Apopka was responsible -- meanwhile community members are chipping in. The American Heritage Girls Troop 6013 from Apopka brought American flags Wednesday morning, placing one at the head stone of each fallen veteran.
“We’ve been putting them around on every veteran graves stone to say that we’re appreciative of what they’ve done for us,” said troop member Kindall Leslie.
They trudged through the weeds making sure they got to each and every headstone.
“Just showing their respect for these veterans because they appreciate everything that they do for us,” said O’Donnell.