Friends of the Cemetery needs help to continue its work
Brevard County organizations and individuals have rallied to make the restoration of the Brevard Veterans Cemetery a reality.
Courtesy of Friends of the Cemetery
When Sam DiBlasio visits the restored Brevard Veterans Cemetery, he is amazed by its many improvements. The improvements include six service flags waving in the breeze around a focal point American flag.
“It’s breathtaking,” DiBlasio said.
Things were different when DiBlasio and three friends went to the cemetery on Memorial Day in 2017 and found the cemetery neglected and with an overgrown lawn.
“We decided to do something and got out our weed whackers,” he said. “We also pressure washed the gravestones.”
That was the beginning of Friends of the Cemetery. DiBlasio is the president.
Word of the restoration spread and, in partnership with Brevard County, the effort grew. Individuals and organizations volunteered their time and talent. DiBlasio praised the Sunrise Rotary Club, Boy Scouts Troop 488, the Tico Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and Daughters of the American Revolution Indian River Chapter.
“The restoration took a little over two years and many volunteers have worked hard to honor our veterans,” DiBlasio said.
But the restoration has depleted Friends of the Cemetery’s budget and the cemetery needs regular maintenance. Donations are needed and DiBlasio is asking the community to again rise to the cause.
“We need funds for weeding, spraying for bugs, lawn upkeep and general maintenance,” he said.
The Brevard Veterans Cemetery, at 1143 Day St., is the final resting place for 127 veterans.
How to help
Checks can be made out to Friends of the Cemetery and mailed to:
Friends of the Cemetery
P.O. Box 1966
Titusville, FL 32781