National Cemetery of the Alleghenies holds service for Southwestern Pennsylvania veterans

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The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies held an in-person ceremony for Memorial Day for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ceremony was open to the public at 11 a.m. on May 29.

According to our partners at TribLIVE.com, more than 22,000 veterans from the Southwestern Pennsylvania area are buried at the cemetery.

Ten full-time caretakers and six office workers, a majority of whom are veterans, take the time to clean the cemetery and keep it in good shape. Volunteers from around the area used sponges and water to prepare for Memorial Day and pitch in on different occasions for regular maintenance.

Most recently, the cemetery buried the remains of 15 unclaimed United States Veterans. The remains included veterans from the Vietnam and Korean Wars and a pair of brothers who served in World War II.

The cemetery is currently undergoing an expansion project.

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