Pictured at Goen Cemetery are, from left, Roy Edwards, Gerald Tyler, Jim Harvey, Jack Sparks and Randall Erwin. Not pictured is member Alan Jackson.

The local Sons of Confederate Veterans of Palo Pinto County, Camp No. 2283. has organized a SAVE-A-GRAVE Committee to clean cemeteries throughout the county and help families who can’t help themselves. 

On November 13th, the Goen family requested a clean-up day and the six-man committee responded in kind. Goen Cemetery is located in southeastern Palo Pinto County off Dobbs Valley Road.

“It will take another clean-up day here at the Goen Cemetery to finish clearing away the heavy growth, but we’ll have it all gone and looking nice once again,” said committee chairman, Roy Edwards. 

Their motto is, “To Boldly Mow Where No Man Has Mowed Before.”

The men look capable of doing just that.

It all came about when SCV Camp historians found 185 Confederate veterans buried in Palo Pinto County cemeteries. When located, some were overgrown with dense vegetation and needed clearing.

In every request, property owners have given SAVE-A-GRAVE permission to access these cemeteries. Edwards requested, “We don’t just save Confederate graves, we clean ‘em all.”

To request help from the SAVE-A-GRAVE committee, call Edwards at 817-925-9465.

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