"Thank you for your service'' — it's a common expression these days.

Those words are spoken repeatedly by Americans to veterans and those currently serving in the military.

The Haverhill Rotary Club recently put a twist on that message by "thanking'' Civil War soldiers for their sacrifices. Club members cleaned and repositioned the soldiers' gravestones at Hilldale Cemetery.

The gravestones have been neglected for years. The project grew out of the Rotary Club's Veterans Day breakfast program.


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