Friends of Waggoner Cemetery has memorial service

| May 18, 2015
GUN SALUTE: The Newcomerstown Veterans Organization performed a gun salute at Waggoner Cemetery’s Memorial Day services on Saturday, May 16. BEACON PHOTO BY BETH SCOTT

GUN SALUTE: The Newcomerstown Veterans Organization performed a gun salute at Waggoner Cemetery’s Memorial Day services on Saturday, May 16. BEACON PHOTO BY BETH SCOTT

WEST LAFAYETTE – Friends of Waggoner Cemetery met Saturday, May 16 at the cemetery to remember those 10 veterans buried there and also those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

“We owe them our thanks and should keep them in our prayers,” said Michelle Carpenter.

Carpenter thanked the Oxford Township Trustees and Kobel Landscaping for all their hard work in maintaining the cemetery.

Guest speaker for the afternoon was Judge Craig Baldwin of the Fifth District Court of Appeals.

“Having this service is for two reasons,” he said. “First is to honor veterans and all people who gave sacrifices and sometimes their lives for our country, and second, to confirm and recommit to ourselves the principles and values that our forefathers put forth.”

The Newcomerstown Veterans Organization performed a gun salute and John Buss of the organization played Taps. Those who attended were then invited to River Greens Golf Course Banquet Room for a light lunch.

“People should form their own group to take care of smaller cemeteries,” said Carpenter. “There are a lot of cemeteries like this around the area. It’s the right thing to do, taking care of your relatives’ graves.”

The Waggoner Cemetery was in a state of disrepair until Arthur Cole came to the area. After pledging a significant amount of money to begin cleaning up and repairing the old cemetery, Cole, with the help of family and friends, restored the grounds to the beautiful final resting place that it is today.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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