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Keesler Airmen spend volunteer hours in Biloxi City Cemetery

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

They raked leaves, pulled weeds and learned a little Biloxi history. A team of airmen from Keesler Air Force base spent Friday morning in the old city cemetery. Their mission was to help Biloxi prepare for the upcoming cemetery tour.

It was an unusual volunteer opportunity, but the young volunteers didn't complain.

"I've had to catch pigeons before, so I've done weirder stuff," said Steve Cornell.

At least it was daylight for the young airmen. Several admitted, it may have been a bit creepy at night.

"If it was nighttime, it would be just a little bit. But it's daytime. Nice day. Beach is right there. It's nice, really," said Ty Brown.

"It's pretty cool. It's nice to give back," said Kevin Jackson.

"They're honoring our heroes today by cleaning the graves and getting the cemetery ready," said Lori Rosetti, with Biloxi Main Street.

She's helping organize the annual tour of the historic cemetery Tuesday evening. Hundreds of visitors will learn about Biloxi's past by reading the aging headstones and enjoying historic reenactments.

"Every year in October we honor all the people who made Biloxi great. And that's the citizens who dwell in this cemetery. They built Biloxi and we're the recipients of all their hard work. So, we like the younger generation to know what they did," she said.

"Pretty cool. There's a lot of like old, old stuff. It's sad it's falling apart but it's cool to see everything," said volunteer Newt Chapman.

The theme of this year's cemetery tour is "Honoring our Heroes." It will feature veterans from eight different conflicts. How appropriate then, that young military members were helping prepare.

"Giving time, you know to help other people out. I really didn't have too much else to do today, so I don't mind coming and helping others out," said Justin Shears.

"Well, it's a lot of hard work. But we're going to get it done," said Jessica Ramos.

The tour of the historic, Biloxi City Cemetery is Tuesday, October 30. It's an ongoing tour that runs from four in the afternoon, until 7pm. Visitors are welcome anytime during those hours.

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