Extra steps are being taken to make sure the Chattanooga National Cemetery is looking its best for Veterans Day.

A staff of 20 started several months ago to help tidy-up the 120 acre property. There are 43,000 grave sites; 1,800  were desecrated in January and then 350 in a different section, two months later. They worry the vandals will strike again close to the holiday. Whoever set them on fire was never brought to justice.

Local law enforcement will be on-hand and extra surveillance will be watching from above. 

Groundskeeper Bill Cotes says, “we are working with the Chattanooga Police, they just put us on a watch list. We are also working with the VA Police who have offered to patrol on Veterans Day. We want the estimated thousand plus people who will visit to not be distracted.”

The Veterans Day celebration will be held November 11th at 11am inside the Chattanooga National Cemetery near the pavilion.