Memorial Service Brings Attention to Sinking Headstones
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 26, 2013 @ 1:54PM
Created on May 25, 2013 @ 7:10PM
This weekend is a time to remember lost loved ones, and of course, veterans. Memorial services are in full swing just about everywhere. One such event was Saturday morning at the Masonic Cemetery in Clarksburg.
A small group of a women from Ladies of American Legion Unit 13 stood around the grave of a veteran. They placed a wreath on it, while a local student played TAPS. One of the ladies was a veteran of WWII.
In her time, it was very brave and rare for a women to be involved in the war. But that didn't stop Libby Stout from volunteering as a medic, to take care of wounded soldiers, even against the approval of her family.
"I had two brothers who were in the Army, and they didn't want me to go. But when I saw my chance, I took it. I took care of the sick people," said Stout.
Stout wasn't the only veteran there. Across the graveyard, a Vietnam Vet was paying his respects at the graves of some Civil War Veterans. But, he wasn't too happy about the condition of those.
Apparently, the headstones are sinking into the ground. According to him, a lot of them have completely disappeared.
Barry Hogue of American Legion Post 68 said, "I think it's important these guys be recognized for what they did, and the toil and trouble they went through. It took a lot of courage and a lot of determination and pure guts. It's just a shame they're disappearing."
Hogue isn't sure who would be responsible for the funds to fix them. He also said it was especially important for them to be remembered this year because our state is about to turn 150 next month.
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