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Veterans' Headstone Project
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Contributed By: Jean Fremion-McKibben
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Veterans' Headstone Project
The Veterans’ Headstone Project was founded in August 2011.  The project began as a personal mission undertaken to replace worn, damaged, and illegible headstones for veterans in LaGrange County, IN. 

The goal of the Veterans’ Headstone Project is to ensure that the graves of every LaGrange County, IN veteran are identified with dignity and honor and preserved for the benefit present and future generations.  The Veterans’ Headstone Project works with the Veteran’s Administration to replace government issued headstones when those headstones are damaged beyond reasonable repair.  Private headstones for veterans are also replaced either with a government provided headstone or one the Project purchases.  Plaques, for veterans’ headstones which are in good condition but illegible, are another tool the Project uses to restore a veteran’s gravesite memorial.

The history of our Nation and what we are today would not have been possible without the military service of 100’s of thousands of men and women.  We all have said the words, “they gave their life for our country” – how do we define ‘country’?  Our country is literally all of us, our ancestors and the generations which will follow us.  The people of the United States are the country that our servicemen and women have dedicated their lives to serve and protect, from our colonial beginnings into the vast future before us.  When the graves of our soldiers are respected, cared for, and embellished with emblems of their service,  present and future generations will have a lasting reminder of the extraordinary service and sacrifice given by our military brothers and sisters that allows us to continue to live in freedom.

An equally important reason to care for a veteran’s grave is to recognize the individual service of that veteran.  Each soldier who has served the greater good in our Nation’s military has their own personal story – one of home, family, sacrifice and duty.  They represent one from many whose combined efforts won our freedom, protect those freedoms, and enable many nations throughout the world to live in peace.  Reading the inscription on a Veteran’s headstone and other military grave adornment will inspire current and future generations to pause and take time to appreciate that one life - that one gift to us all. 

The Veterans’ Headstone Project is a non-profit organization funded by donations from individuals, civic groups, local businesses and county government.  The Project is one of many community service groups within the LaGrange County Community Foundation family.  


Keywords: veteran, headstone, preservation

Posted: October 18, 2012
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