St. Patrick Knights of Columbus Council 10567 held its fourth annual Fraternal Cemetery Cleanup Day on Saturday, February 14, 2009.
Located in Pratt City, the cemetery has been designated a historic place by the Jefferson County Historical Comission but has not been maintained in many years. The lack of maintenance has resulted in trees and brush gorwing to such an extent that it hid most of the grave markers at the cemetery.
In 2006 Council 10567 embarked on an ambitious project to clean up the historic cemetery. The Council asked for donations and rented heavy equipment to aid in the massive effort.
This year some 10 Knights, one Columbian Squire and four other St. Patrick parishioners participated in the cleanup. Under the direction of Rob Smith, Past Grand Knight of Council 10567, the group used lawn mowers, weedeaters and other equipment to clear the weeds. brush and trees that have grown up since last year's cleanup day.
"Another great thank you to all who helped with this worthy effort," Smith said. "It's always a humbling experience and a great day when we get together at the cemetery.
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