“Round one in the project to replace or repair headstones of deceased veterans buried in LaGrange County cemeteries has been a success,” said Jean Fremion-McKibben at Monday’s county commissioners meeting. She said that the initial seven headstones have been received and set. Stones have been set at the county farm cemetery in Clay Township, Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange, and Riverside Cemetery in Howe.
Funding for the first seven stones was provided by LaGrange American Legion Post 215, Mark and Sharla Thompson, the Speicher Family, Tom and Jane Hulen, and LaGrange County.
Sixteen more locations have been identified and plans are to either repair or replace those stones as soon as funding can be put in place. Stones needed are one for Riverside Cemetery, one for the county farm cemetery in Clay Township, and 14 for Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange.
Commissioners pledged an additional $300 for the next project Monday morning and County Commissioner George Bachman immediately gave a personal donation of $100 for the project. Clay Township Trustee William Connelly has pledged $100 from township cemetery funds for the county farm stone.
A fund has been established at the LaGrange County Community Foundation for this project. “This will make donations tax deductible and gives more credibility to the project,” Fremion-McKibben stated.