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Woman set out to beautify gravesites of forgotten soldiers

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, April 04 2015 Apr 4, 2015 April 04, 2015 6:05 PM April 04, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Caroline McDougall

PORT HUDSON - A woman is making it her duty to pay homage to the graves of forgotten soldiers in a cemetery in Port Hudson.

There are thirteen thousand graves in at Port Hudson Cemetery, but Tiffany O'Connor says she is determined to make sure each plot has a flower beside it.

"They might not be here, but they're still here," says O'Connor. "They deserve the respect that they earn."

On Saturday, O'Connor placed carnations on graves. She says many of the flowers were donated by a local florist and by others who donated money to fund each flower.

She hopes to make this a frequent event and set an example for generations to come including for her daughter.

"You want your child to grow up and leave a legacy and learn," says O'Connor. "Life is about giving back, not taking. I don't want her to be a taker, I want her to be a giver. I want her to make a difference in the world."

O'Connor visits the gravesite belonging to her boyfriend regularly. He too served in the Navy. She says hopes other veterans in the cemetery can get that same attention they deserve with her cause.

Those interested in helping out can call Don Lyn Florist.

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