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Updated: 11/12/2017 08:30:02AM

Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary, JROTC beautify local cemetery

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Dr. Todd Chace, a retired colonel, salutes the gravesite of Ernest Jay Newman, a solider in the Spanish American War who was born in 1875 and died on May 10, 1966. The grave was covered with dirt and now is clean.

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Dr. Joe Chirillo, a member of the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club for 29 years, cleans the grave of Robert Lee Allen. About 75 members helped Saturday at the Lemon Bay cemetery where 113 soldiers are buried. The group used the same cleaner to scrub headstones as is used at Arlington National Cemetery. After several applications, the cleaner ate through years of dirt and dust.

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Zachary Leach, 14, a member of the Lemon Bay High School JROTC, salutes the grave of a solider at Lemon Bay Cemetery as Tyler Dixon, 16, holds flags that were put near each headstone on Veterans Day after members of the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club cleaned the gravesites.

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The gravesite of Cyrus John Roop was scrubbed by Eric Fogo, who also unearthed Roop's credentials at the cemetery.

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Eric Fogo, a 33-year Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club member, kneels near a headstone he scrubbed. He said he was amazed how white and clean it was after a half hour. Rotary members under the direction of president Jim Hinck decided to undertake the project because the gravesites hadn't been deep cleaned as some who are buried there don't have family here.

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Lemon Bay High School JROTC cadets place new flags on gravesites of veterans at Lemon Boy Cemetery. Members of the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary removed tattered flags and scrubbed the headstones.

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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ENGLEWOOD — When Jim Hinck was in summer camp, he used to take fields trips to the Lemon Bay Cemetery and pick weeds.

Today as the president of the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary, Hinck knew how important it is to not forget about those who served and died and are buried at the local cemetery.

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