Valdosta Daily Times

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December 9, 2008

Britain helps Sunset Hill

Veterans raise $500 for Web site project

VALDOSTA — Britain is helping Sunset Hill Cemetery.

In a series of fascinating turns, a London councillor was visiting Valdosta last summer when he learned of a grant application to implement an interactive Web site for the city’s Sunset Hill Cemetery. The councillor visited the cemetery and was impressed by the history and stories of Sunset Hill. Back home in England, he appealed to his fellow members in the Association for Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The British veterans answered by raising $500 for Valdosta’s Sunset Hill Cemetery.

This help started with Councillor Terence C. “Terry” Burton Esq. of London, who is councillor of the London Borough of Barnet, a member of the War Graves Preservation Group — War Memorials Trust, Western Front Association — Royal British Legion, president of the Association of Veterans of Foreign Wars, and director of the British Aid Charity, among other activities and duties. So Burton had an interest in historic preservation, honoring veterans of the past and present, and knowledge of fund-raising.

Last summer, Burton was in Valdosta, seeking a house for himself, wife Amy, and their two young daughters. He had spent many years in the U.S. but returned home to Britain in 1998 upon the death of his mother. He stayed in England, met his American wife, Amy, had two daughters, entered British politics, but is now ready to return to the U.S., and, wanting a warm home, discovered Valdosta, visiting the city last summer.

“As a politician in the UK (United Kingdom), I was most interested in visiting the Valdosta City Council sessions during July and August when I was in Valdosta,” Burton says in a recent e-mail interview with The Valdosta Daily Times.

During a Valdosta City Council meeting, Burton heard Emily Foster, Valdosta’s special projects and historic preservation planner, make a presentation about a grant for an interactive Web site for the city-operated Sunset Hill Cemetery. Such a Web site would allow Internet users to make a virtual tour of the cemetery. It would give locations for specific graves, including full names and individual birth and death dates for each person buried in Sunset Hill.

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