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Students Wipe Veteran Gravesites To Prepare For Veteran's Day

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AUGUSTA, Mich. -

Students at Western Michigan University received a quick history lesson this week while putting in a little hard work. About 300 students were at Fort Custer National Ceremony in Augusta, cleaning off the approximately 3,000 gravesites of veterans.

Organizers say that they want them polished by the time Veteran's Day rolls around.

"I just think it's good for them to realize the sacrifice that other people have made," Paul Hildenbrand, the WMU coordinator said.

Many students say that it's important that they learn the history of those that came before them, especially if they sacrificed their lives for the country.

"They are the ones who are actually fighting the battles for us, instead of us just watching them. They're out in the field risking their lives so we can live our everyday lives," Simone Smith Ozier, a WMU student said.

"We get in this zone and nothing else exists, it's just me and I'm trying to make it. But, it gives us an opportunity, even just to see all the flags over here, and the dates on the stones, people who died before I was born," student Dan Dupraw said.

The students first attended a presentation on the history of the cemetery, which was created in 1942. Then they spent about 90 minutes using soap, water and sponges to clean off the headstones. This was part of a service-learning project.

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