Hard Work Allows For Nice Memorial Day At Historic Pioneer Cemetery
Story & Photos Courtesy Carmen Scott
Des Moines Historical Society
Many of the pioneer families of the Des Moines, Burien, Sunnydale, SeaTac and Highline areas are represented at the historic Hillgrove Cemetery, located on South 200th Street a few blocks east of Des Moines Memorial Drive.
Last Thursday (May 27), several teams of young students from the Puget Sound Skills Center, under the Direction of Fire Services Instructor and Battalion Chief John Madson, spent a hard day at work mowing hip high grass, weed whacking, trimming, raking, and removing overgrown vegetation.
By dayâ€™s end, the grounds were walkable and ready for Memorial Day visitors.
An observer will see a great many long-term local names:
Memorial day presents an opportunity to remember the pioneers of yesteryear, and appreciate all they did to forge a future for us, the generations that followed.
The Memorial Day clean-up efforts were arranged by Jim Lingwood, representing the Hillgrove Cemetery Board, and by Jim Langston, representing the Des Moines Historical Society.
A special thanks goes to the city of SeaTac for loaning the use of their grounds-keeping tools and equipment.
Here are more photos of the event:
Also, here’s a Sound Slideshow of Hillgrove Cemetery, as Produced by Scott Schaefer last Fall:
Click to Play Scott Schaefer’s SoundSlideshow