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By Kara Davidson
Gazette Reporter 

Duo works to identify all veterans in cemetery


March 28, 2019

Cherry Alice Van Tine, left, starts going over records to search for more deceased veterans while Jim Lemon double checks another book.

Cherry Alice Van Tine and Jim Lemon, the local coordinators for Wreaths Across America, have been working at Bruning Funeral Home to look up records of veterans who are buried in the Colfax cemetery.

The Colfax Cemetery has graves that go back to 1895 and more than 10,000 people have been buried there in that time. Van Tine and Lemon have already found more than 630 veterans in the records and believe many more are there.

Back in December, Van Tine, as the coordinator for Wreaths Across America for the Bethel Cemetery at Steptoe, received 115 extra wreaths. Van Tine and Lemon decided to ta...

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