We Salute Griffin Burchard

When his Boy Scout troop went to Alexandria National Cemetery to remove old wreaths, Griffin Burchard couldn’t help but notice the dilapidated graveyard next to it.

I noticed that, unlike all the other cemeteries in the complex, it was not being kept up. There were fallen leaves, signs of flooding, and trees with limbs hanging so far over you couldn’t even read the sign that says, “Douglass.”

Griffin Burchard

So, when it came time to choose an Eagle Scout project, Burchard organized a months-long effort to clean up and restore the historic African-American cemetery.

When a friend died and had no relatives to take care of the funeral, Confucius would say, “I’ll have the funeral in my home.”

Analects, 10.22

When Burchard saw that no church or governmental organization was taking care of this cemetery, he stepped up and did the right thing. We salute you.

Read more at the Washington Post.

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Ben is the President and co-founder of the Ruist Association of America, Inc. and Friends from Afar, an English-speaking Ruist discussion group on Facebook. He's also the creator of Stone Chimes, a modern English adaptation of the Analects of Confucius.