Community members help clean up Panama City's cemeteries

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - "A community is known by how they show respect to those who preceded them," said Mark McQueen, City Manager, Panama City.

Locals helped clean up cemeteries that were damaged during Hurricane Michael. (WJHG/WECP)

Panama City's five cemeteries were damaged just like the rest of the area.

Fallen trees are scattered across the properties and some headstones are broken.

"We've had some historic preservation folks that have come in and made sure we are preserving the head stones that are historic markers," said McQueen.

After a year of focusing on roads and houses neighbors are turning their attention to the cemeteries.

"Well, it's just a wonderful thing to do for our community, it makes everything look better, and so many of these graves have been neglected for so long that it's just a good thing to do,” Sandy Harrison, Panama City Resident.

City manager Mark McQueen says they are trying to do a better job of keeping up with the cemeteries.

"It's a hard, hard thing to keep up with, and we're very grateful to our citizens that have rolled up their sleeves and helped us to clean these areas up,” said McQueen.

And some residents say they are glad to help.

"My friends may think I'm crazy, but I enjoy yard work, I like seeing the end result," said Harrison.

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