Non-profit leases Cemetery Lodge from Veterans Administration
JEFFERSON CITY - A non-profit group working to preserve Jefferson City's History symbolically got the keys to the Cemetery Lodge at the National Cemetery Thursday.
The Historic City of Jefferson plans to renovate the long-vacant building, which is filled with dropped ceilings and paneled walls. The lodge was closed due to damage after a flag pole in the National Cemetery was struck by lighting.
"We were concerned if it might be vacant any longer, it might be damaged," said Historic City of Jefferson Board Member Jane Beetem.
The board wanted to make sure the memorable building was preserved for future generations and for the benefit for the community.
Donna Deetz, the Historic City of Jefferson vice president, who is the wife of a Vietnam veteran, said she looks forward to the restoration of the Lodge.
"Just bringing life back to this building, that just means so much to the people who have family buried out here, and the veterans themselves who respect the service that people gave before they were part of the military," Deetz said.
The building will be used as an office space for non-profit organizations.