VETERANS DAY: Holy Trinity students pay homage to veterans buried in Logtown
By Cassandra Favre
Nov 7, 2017, 18:16
HTCS students along with HTCS sixth grade teacher Maria Crosby (fourth from left) rake leaves and bag pine straw during Saturday’s cleanup efforts in Logtown.
In preparation for Veterans Day, Holy Trinity Catholic School sixth-graders on Saturday –– along with their families –– cleaned the graves of veterans buried at Point and Logtown cemeteries in Logtown.
To further honor the veterans, students placed American flags on the graves.
At beginning of the school year, students learned about the history of Hancock County, HTCS sixth grade teacher Maria Crosby said.
"Through that, we learned about Logtown and the sawmill and how it was the largest sawmill in the world at one time," she said. "We got really interested in this area and so I came out to see things and what was the remnants of the sawmill. I came across the two graveyards, and was surprised for such small graveyards, the number of veterans that are buried here."
According to the Hancock County Historical Society's website, in 1964, Logtown was "relocated by NASA because of its proximity to the rocket engine test facility."
Crosby said the sixth-graders agreed to take on a community project for Veterans Day, cleaning veterans' graves and placing flags.
Grandparents, parents and siblings of the sixth-graders also participated in Saturday's project.
The group began at Point Cemetery and ended at Logtown, Crosby said.
Sixth-grader Liam Glover said Veterans Day is about the people who fought for the country.
Glover said cleaning the veterans' graves is a way to show respect.
Sixth-grader Cameron Gremillion said he never knew about Logtown prior to his studies and wants to learn more about the town and its inhabitants.
Crosby said Jay Fountain from the American Legion donated the flags.
Students placed a total of 43 flags; 17 at Point Cemetery and 26 at Logtown Cemetery.