JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — “I think they just about fixed all of them,” said Jo Ann Oren. Headstones and grave markers dating back to the 1800’s were smashed and broken. Jo Ann’s great-grandmother’s grave was one of them. “They were all turned over. It was a like a jigsaw puzzle.” She told Action News about the vandalism at St. Joseph’s cemetery back in January. The City of Jacksonville mows and trims the trees there, but they told us the damage was beyond their repair. “We just want to make sure these people aren’t forgotten,” said Calvin Hart. Calvin volunteers with the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. They spent last Saturday restoring many of these headstones. “We’ve got governors. We’ve got mayors, war veterans, war heroes. This is an open history book,” said Hart. Repairing the damaged markers would have cost thousands, but Hart says knowing they helped preserve a part of Jacksonville’s history is worth so much more. “Each one of them have a story to tell, and they are worth recognizing,” said Hart. And though the bodies buried at St. Joseph’s are long gone, this will help make sure they are not forgotten. The city plans to put up a sign at the entrance to remind people it is a state felony to desecrate any cemetery.
The Kirby-Smith Camp 1209 Jacksonville, Florida donated
$400.00 To the Children’s Home Society of Jacksonville on
December 18 2014. The donation is part of the camps ongoing
community outreach program and is timed to coincide with
the Christmas Holiday. Pictured from left to right are, Jake
Newman, Hal Schemer, CHS Director and Calvin Hart.
On December 3, 2010 Kirby-Smith Camp #1209 Jacksonville Florida donated $2,050 to the Wounded Warrior Project. The funds were raised by the *Celebration of American Veterans Day* event sponsored by Camp #1209. Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Jacksonville; which raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured military members.