N-VA Oosterzele argues for a clear framework within which valuable graves and war monuments are revalued and further maintained by the municipality. “It is important that the local history and identity are preserved”, says Simon Lejeune, chairman of N-VA Oosterzele. “Valuable graves or war memorials of particular local importance are part of preserving this history and identity. We therefore ask for a concrete maintenance plan.”
In many cemeteries in Flemish municipalities we find graves with a certain local value. War memorials are also a familiar sight in many cemeteries. This is no different at the cemeteries of the municipality of Oosterzele and its sub-municipalities. The municipality of Oosterzele has eight cemeteries, two of which are protected with the old cemetery of Scheldewindeke and the cemetery of Moortsele. In order to revalue and maintain valuable graves and war monuments, N-VA Oosterzele is now arguing for a concrete maintenance plan.
For example, N-VA Oosterzele argues in favor of drawing up and ratifying a list of locally valuable graves. Every municipality is also obliged to do so by decree. Graves that come on such a list must be preserved and maintained by the municipality for 50 years. These may concern graves that are valuable for historical, artistic or folklore reasons. By listing graves with a local value, the municipality can work in a targeted manner to revalue and further maintain graves of, for example, former combatants. It is also possible to work with a system of godparents or godparents whereby residents, local associations or schools can vouch for the maintenance of a specific grave.
In addition to a concrete maintenance plan for the valuable graves, N-VA Oosterzele also asks for a concrete maintenance plan for the war memorials, such as the war memorial at the church of Scheldewindeke. N-VA ships authorized for Local Heritage, Orville Cottenie, have already announced that they will start working on the proposals. “The revaluation of graves with a local historical value is fully in line with our policy to treat our local heritage more carefully,” said Alderman Cottenie.