This NJ man makes Memorial Day mean something
While we only celebrate Memorial Day once a year here in America, some NJ locals spend each day celebrating.
Ron Errickson Jr. has dedicated a vast majority of his free time to cleaning up war veterans' cemeteries as a sign of respect.
He began cleaning up cemeteries after learning that there were many located in New Jersey that were unkept and not in good condition. He saw this as extremely disrespectful to the war victims who were buried in these areas and began restoring and caring for them.
Errickson has spent a decent amount of time at Pine Brook Cemetery in Tinton Falls, which after almost 200 years of existence, has become in need of a clean-up.
Many of the people buried there are Black soldiers whom he believes are being dishonored in the cemetery due to its condition. The stones are almost unreadable and many of the plots are unfinished and unmarked.
Errickson lives far from the cemetery but still makes a point to head there on the weekends when he isn’t working either of his two jobs. He explained how the cemetery has been unkempt for almost 15 years, and that he has also asked others to volunteer and help him make it reflect the beautiful lives that were lived by the people interred there.
He is passionate about war veterans getting the memorials that they deserve and will continue cleaning up cemeteries until they receive adequate maintenance. He believes that neglected cemeteries are a national crisis and that there are hundreds that aren’t receiving proper cleaning or attention.
Errickson is a stand-up citizen and a remarkable NJ leader.
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