Craig Coonan of Brainerd
Voice of Democracy Winner and
Eagle Scout Project
September 30, 2023: Craig Coonan, from Scout Pack 45, took on a project to clean veteran graves in Evergreen Cemetery at Brainerd. His goal is to become an Eagle Scout That means project panning, getting volunteers and some money from the Brainerd VFW to purchase supplies. Of particular interest is a product called D2, which is used to clean monuments and graves in Washington, D.C.
From Craig: I had a total of 21 people join me in cleaning sections 11 and 14 of Evergreen Cemetery from 9 am -1:30 pm. We cleaned and reset about 30 graves of veterans from WWI and prior. We used a biological cleaner called D-2, the same stuff that Arlington National Cemetery uses. There were veterans dating all the way back to the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.