Military family concern over rule change at Newark Cemetery


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    A Newark family with a major complaint. Loved ones are angry over a rule change at a local cemetery. They call it heartless.

    Lora Holland told ABC6 that she is heartbroken. She's no longer allowed to leave decorations or even flowers. She believes the rule change is just not right.

    For Holland, visits to Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark are a time to reflect and to remember her father.

    "I love to come spend time with him. I come whenever I have something on my mind and I want to talk," Holland told ABC6.

    In the past, she would often leave flowers and decorations at his grave site, not anymore.

    "It just made me feel like they punched me," said Holland.

    The ornaments are no longer allowed in military sections of the cemetery.

    A Newark family with a major complaint. Loved ones are angry over a rule change at a local cemetery. They call it heartless. (WSYX/WTTE)

    "It makes me sad. And it makes me angry," said Holland.

    Cemetery superintendent, Jeffrey Hotchkiss told ABC6 that as a military veteran himself, he understands the frustrations of some families.

    "These are like my brothers you know," said Hotchkiss.

    Hotchkiss stresses the rules were actually put in place by the Licking County Veterans’ Service Commission. He told ABC6 that administrators are simply following orders. An effort to keep the area clean and uniform.

    "That way, you won't see anything out of place," said Hotchkiss.

    Holland still believes families should have the option to decorate.

    "It just doesn't seem to be fair," said Holland.

    The no decoration rule is only in place for the military section of the cemetery. For a number of those military families, that is another point of frustration.

    A Newark family with a major complaint. Loved ones are angry over a rule change at a local cemetery. They call it heartless. (WSYX/WTTE)

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