Veterans Day

Headstones of fallen military to be restored in Galveston’s historic Broadway Cemetery

The Broadway Cemetery Historic District is the final resting place for several veterans who served in every war since 1812.

Courtesy of Archaeology Now
A volunteer cleans a headstone at Broadway Cemetery on Nov. 2021.

Volunteers will soon restore the headstones of fallen military in Galveston’s historic Broadway Cemetery.

The Broadway Cemetery Historic District is the final resting place for several veterans who served in every war since 1812. Those grave markers have seen better days over the years, with many in dire need of deep cleaning or significant repairs.

Galveston Historian Kathleen Maca said those decaying headstones will finally receive much needed care by local veterans and volunteers on Saturday.

“This is an opportunity to focus on the veterans in the district,” Maca said. “It’s a good way to give back to the people who really shaped our freedom and ensured our way of life.”

Volunteers will began the cleaning process at 10 a.m. Later in the day, they’ll be trained to restore toppled and cracked headstones.

“It’s way to refresh their marker so that their name can live on and their legacy can live on,” Maca said.

The restoration will come just after Veterans Day is observed across the nation on Nov. 11 — in remembrance of the signing of the Armistice, which ended World War 1.

Volunteer Jorge Cotte said he has had several family members who served in the U.S. military. He said he saw the restoration process as a way to serve those who had risked their lives.

“We consider it our duty to our country and to the veterans, so that they are always remembered,” Cotte said.

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