Newsday: Calverton cemetery employees strive to ‘never let a veteran be forgotten’

Richard Hilts was a specialist in the Army a decade ago when his wife’s grandfather, a Navy man who served in World War II, was laid to rest at Calverton National Cemetery.

For the interment, Hilts volunteered to replace a member of the color guard. In his neatly pressed uniform, moving with ceremonial deliberateness, the soldier helped fold the burial flag into a tight tricorner, then knelt to give the colors to the widow.

Today, Hilts is one of the cemetery’s nearly 100 employees — 62 are former service members — who prepare final resting places for thousands of veterans every year.

 

Full article at Newsday:

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/calverton-national-cemetery-veteran-burial-1.35157610