09/15/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/15/2021 05:11
A donation of 110 tons of crushed stone by the Carmeuse Winchester Operation in Clearbrook, VA, has played an integral part in paving the driveway of the historic Locust Grove Cemetery.
'I am so honored that you helped lay the foundation for a much-needed, long-awaited and overdue improvement,' Denise K. Medley, Secretary of the cemetery, told Winchester Site Operations Manager, Logan Thompson. 'Your willingness to partner with us is a great support in fulfilling our mission to preserve, protect, restore and maintain the cemetery as a place of historical significance that will give living family members a serene environment to reflect and visit their loved ones.'
Established in 1880, the Locust Grove site is a historic African American cemetery that relies on the support of local volunteers to maintain the property and properly memorialize those buried there. For its entire history, the driveway has been dirt and grass-but recently the cemetery took on the task of changing that.
Partnering with a local paving company and the town of Stephens City, the cemetery also reached out to Carmeuse for support. After a meeting between the Carmeuse plant leadership and Locust Grove team, the company was proud to be able provide the crushed stone needed to complete the project on schedule and within budget.
'The dedication and participation of Carmeuse with community projects demonstrates that you care and understand the struggles we face,' concluded Secretary Medley. 'Your timely and positive efforts to be involved when requested was such an encouragement and a reminder that we are not alone. We are so grateful for all you've done and are doing in the community.'
The donation was coordinated by Thompson and Winchester site aggregate coordinator, Gina McCarty. Carmeuse representatives also took the time to visit the site during the installation of the stone.
The full text of the 'Thank You Letter to Carmeuse' can be viewed here.
Pictured to the right are Denise K. Medley, Secretary at Locust Grove Cemetery and Logan Thompson of Carmeuse.