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Veterans helping veterans at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

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Veterans are helping veterans at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery by fixing up the final resting place.

Cynthia High and her family go to the cemetery to place flowers on the graves of her aunt, uncle and mother.

"I think it's just beautiful. We come out here, and I could just spend hours out here. It's just such a serene, quiet, humbling place," said High.

Lately, the cemetery has been a little noisy with construction.

"And perpetual care for eternity is on the table. We must keep it at this level," said James Metcalfe, the cemetery director.

That means giving the 31-year-old cemetery a facelift.

"Head stones have come out of alignment. And this project gave us money to raise and realign the head stones," said Metcalfe.

It is called the Millennium Project.

"During the project, we may have taken the marker from the head of the grave and moved it to the foot of the grave while we worked the soil and the top part. Then we would put it back on the track we installed to hold the marker up," said Metcalfe.

He said the strict guidelines are all about dignity, honor and respect.

"That is a final resting place as far as we're concerned, and they cannot be removed or not marked. It always has to be marked," Metcalfe said. "We really feel that when their time comes, it's time to show them the gratitude they deserve."

"They did a lot for us so I think this is the least we can do for them is keep these national cemeteries beautiful," said High.

The cemetery is also doing an expansion project. All construction is scheduled to be done by October.

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