Whitley County residents gather at Concord Cemetery to honor veterans

A 180-year-old cemetery untouched for years has new headstones thanks to some Whitley County residents.

Posted: Nov 10, 2019 7:08 PM
Updated: Nov 10, 2019 10:22 PM

CHURUBUSCO, Ind. (WFFT) - Ron Johnson has lived here all his life and has never seen Concord Cemetery look like this.
"From what it's looked like in the last year, is just amazing," Johnson said.

On Sunday, the community looked at the progress volunteers made to clean up the cemetery while honoring the Civil War veterans buried here.

The Friends of Concord Cemetery Facebook group raised $7,000 for the current repairs.

Seventeen headstones were renovated this summer, but organizers say there's still much more to go.

Five headstones were replaced last week.

The next step is digging 10 more spaces for more headstones to be put in.

Work will have to stop until next year because of the weather but they say people can still help out by donating to through the Friends of Concord Facebook page.

"The biggest ones we could not do. We did not have the equipment to do some of the heavy work," organizer Pamela Wolfe explained.

Wolfe said it takes a team to get this far, and having the community supporting these American Heroes is heartwarming.

"We have ten Civil War veterans out here and also a daughter of the American Revolution. They've been kind of lost in time out here, and It's really sad, so once we discovered we had ten Civil War veterans which actually we found two of them within the last two weeks, I just feel it's important to honor them," Wolfe added.

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