Hartford’s Soldier Field Cemetary

Hartford, Conn. (WTNH)–At Soldiers Field at Northwood Cemetery, there are headstones of veterans as far as the eye can see. It’s also a place that some say needs to be maintained better.

A viewer alerted News 8 to this story with a letter, which stated that some of the headstones at the cemetary are “black with mildew,” and some, the letter claims are leaning.

They’re reports that based on our own observations appear to be true.

Those that live adjacent to this final resting place, like Michael Walker and Joseph Chandler, say their could be a goodreason for its present appearance – winter.

“I think it’s playing a role in everything. We’ve had roofs crash in, and things like that. My snow in the back yard is probably still about two feet deep,” said veteran Joseph Chandler, who lives in the neighborhood.

“A lot of its also perhaps from runoff. I’ve noticed from some of the older ones back in the far back there is from runoff,” said veteran Michael Walker.

We’re told by officials with the City of Hartford that the site is maintained by their Public Works Department, so News 8 reached out to them to get their side of the story.

We are still waiting to hear back.

But people like Michael and Joseph say its their opinion the City makes a sincere effort to keep the property in good condition.

“They do mow it all the time thought to keep the greens nice,” Walker said.

“I think they take pretty good care of it because every time I look there are trucks back there trimming trees, or moving snow,” Chandler said.

Walker and Chandler say they know effort when they see it, because they each learned all about it when they served their country in uniform.

“I actually like looking back there, I see my brothers in arms,” Walker said.

Those that News 8 spoke with say there is a lesson to be learned from this story regardless of where you may fall on the issue. That lesson is, it’s important to treat our veterans both in life and in death with respect.

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