To the Editor,
Meadowbrook Cemetery is in need of some attention. If someone does not start taking care of the cemetery, it is going to be covered in weeds. It looks very neglected and that is not good for the city of Lumberton. If was a newcomer to the area I would say the care and attention of the town’s cemetery is a reflection of the way they take care of their own.
I grew up there and am proud to be a Lumbertonian. I have a heartfelt connection to the town. I learned the values from people I was lucky enough to have in my life. The people whose final resting place in Meadowbrook do not deserve this treatment. They should be shown respect. They cannot speak for themselves so someone needs to speak up for them.
My grandmother is laid to rest there as is my father. Growing up, my grandmother went at least once a week to change the flowers on the grave. We watered, raked and cleaned the flowers around the tree. She cared and taught me the value of caring and work. I do not get to go as often as my grandmother did, but I do go as often as I can to carry on the tradition of showing respect and love.
When I lived there, the general grounds were kept up. The grounds were worked and someone was paying attention. It is clearly visible that they are not now. There are some beautiful azalea bushes there, and beautiful pine trees and some very rich history of those who built and made Lumberton. Please clean up the paths and get rid of the weeds that are growing in the azalea bushes. It would not take much to restore the Meadowbrook Cemetery to something people can be proud of.
Cassandra “Candy” Stone