The veterans from VFW post 4337 in Inverness will join the Citrus Garden Club for a workday at the Pine Hill Cemetery at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, to spruce up this area and replace tattered and worn American flags on veterans graves.
Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11, and honors all of those who have served our country in war and peace. This day was originally called Armistice Day commemorating the end of World War 1 and became an official holiday in 1938 now known as Veterans Day. This workday will consist of replacing flags, picking up debris, trimming overgrown bushes, planting plants in the garden by the sign and cleaning up the grave sites.
Pine Hill Cemetery is a 1.8 acre African American burial site that was established in 1890. It was known as the black cemetery. As of today, there are 265-plus known graves. Records show that there are over 40 veterans graves. This cemetery is located at 500 S. Line Ave. in Inverness and is adjacent to the Historic Oak Ridge Cemetery which is maintained by the city of Inverness. Pine Hill is not maintained by the city because there is no cost to be buried there, therefore without money, there is no maintenance other than mowing the grounds.
The Citrus Garden Club has been maintaining Historic Pine Hill Cemetery since 2001. Before the club adopted the cemetery, it was totally overgrown and littered with debris, graves not showing and not very pleasing to visitors coming to be with their loved ones. Years ago, on one workday in particular, the club worked for many hours uncovering and cleaning many graves and recording their number and then presented it to the city. In the summer of 2002, one of the members made a sign and installed it at the top of the hill. Then a small garden was made around the sign. On Dec. 16, 2002, the Mayor of Inverness dedicated this sign.
Since 2001, the club has organized cleanups four times a year and replaces American flags on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Everyone is welcome to come out and help us get through what needs to be done so when visitors come on Veterans Day they are welcomed to a beautiful cemetery.