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Grass and weeds cover graves at Iowa cemetery

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

An Iowa family is shocked by what they find at a cemetery.

When Jenny Hansen’s family visited Laurel Hill Cemetery in Des Moines on Memorial Day, they say it took them 30 minutes to find the grave sites of their family members. Weeds and grass were covering them up. It took another 30 minutes to clean the grave site markers off.

“Some of them gave everything that they had for our country and to see that this is how their memorialized and being honored, it’s disturbing,” said Hansen.

The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Director says their $1.5 million budget only covers some maintenance, including cutting the grass, tree care, and snow removal. He points to a sign that’s been greeting visitors for years about their responsibilities at the cemetery.

“Last year alone through our volunteer program we found over 250 hours of volunteer care for veterans markers in all 7 cemeteries," said Ben Page, parks and Rec Director. "We didn’t have the money and legal responsibility to care for those markers but still wanted to help the veterans because they are important to our history."

Volunteers have already scheduled a clean-up day for later this month.

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