Grand Prairie, TX

Group Highlights Stark Difference How Black Veterans Are Remembered Across Lake From DFW National Cemetery

Stacey Doud

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas  – A group of concerned Grand Prairie citizens spent part of Veterans Day bringing attention to an old cemetery where dozens of mostly black veterans are buried, some in unmarked graves.

There are as many as 90 veterans buried at Antioch Life Park Cemetery on the other side of Mountain Creek Lake from DFW National Cemetery.

Despite that short distance, the difference between the way veterans are honored in the two cemeteries is stark.

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At Antioch Life Park Cemetery, they are the forgotten heroes of a generation.

Veterans from World War I through Vietnam are buried there.

Some have headstones that are fading or overrun with grass.

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Other veterans that are documented to have been buried there don’t have one at all.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, a group led by Feed A Million Veterans and the Grand Prairie chapter of the NAACP took on the task of cleaning headstones and placing American flags next to those who served.

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