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Unmarked veterans' graves honored with flags

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Nearly 2,000 patients at the Toledo State Hospital who passed away during the late 1800's and early 1900's are buried in unmarked graves at the cemetery off Arlington Avenue behind the current location of Bowsher High School.

Among the dead are more than 100 veterans. Saturday was Armed Forces Day and some took time out to honor these forgotten vets. Among them Army Veteran Jon Williams.
"There are a lot of veterans that are buried her that nobody has paid attention to. This is a good thing to recognize those service members."

The memorial service is part of the Toledo State Hospital Reclamation Project. Veterans graves once marked with nothing more than a numbered block now have flags in place to honor those who served.

As of now, 80 veterans have been identified, most of them from the Civil War. But members fo the Reclamation Project aren't fished yet. Committee Member Jane Webbers says, "We are expecting to identify 20 to 30 additional veterans by the time the research is done."

The cemetery is now an official Ohio Historic Site and it is hoped that one day there will be a memorial identifying everyone buried there.

For more information on the project visit their web site.