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- Mercer County recently conducted Operation White Stone, a program to maintain the headstones at the graves of County veterans buried in the Field of Honor section of Greenwood Cemetery.

Some 1,400 headstones were cleaned of dirt and debris using water from high-pressure powerwashers in order to return them to their original, dignified white appearance.

“This service is one that is simple but very important,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “It’s something that we provide at no cost to taxpayers but that illustrates that the respect we have for our veterans continues after death. We have made a promise to keep this Field of Honor section meticulously groomed out of respect, and we will keep that promise.”

The program is conducted by utilizing the low-risk inmates of Mercer County Correction Center’s Superintendent Labor Assistance Program (S.L.A.P.) and with the assistance of Hamilton’s Fire District 4 and the Mercer County Fire School. The S.L.A.P. workers powerwash the headstones with water supplied by a District 4 fire engine.

Ed Mazzeo, director of the Mercer County Office of Veteran Services, said approximately 1,400 limestone headstones were cleaned during the week of May 14. Operation White Stone is held every other year at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mercer County’s annual Memorial Day observance will be held Sunday, May 27, at 11 a.m. in the Field of Honor section of Greenwood Cemetery on Hamilton Avenue.