County Legislator Ed Day and volunteers from his campaign for Rockland County Executive teamed up with the Nam Knights veterans motorcycle club Saturday to clean up Mount Moor Cemetery at the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack as part of Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.
The group collected wreaths placed over the holidays by the Nam Knights, along with
assorted trash that had spread into the cemetery, located on the hill directly in front of the mall’s
parking garage. They also put fresh American flags at each of the graves.
“It was great to team up with a group of great Americans to help clean up the final resting place of many heroes from past wars,” Day said. “Due to its location, folks tend to just drive by this cemetery without realizing the historic importance of both the site and those buried there. I hope that by bringing some attention to it and helping to beautify the site that might change.”
Mount Moor was dedicated as a “Burying ground for Colored people” in July 1849, according to
the historical plaque at the entrance. It has approximately 90 known graves marked with everything from wooden crosses to fieldstones to professionally carved headstones. It is the final resting place of veterans from the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World Wars I and II and the Korean War.