Steve Foskett had a great article about the great work done by both scrap dealers and the Worcester Police in retrieving stolen veterans markers and arresting someone in connection with that crime.
It seems that most of the markers are either generic (that is, they do not have the veteran’s name on them) or difficult to identify.
The next meeting of the Hope Cemetery Commission will be next Tuesday, October 25, at 4pm, at the cemetery offices. This item will be on the agenda.
Let me know if you have specific questions to be brought up (and I will ask them before the meeting). I’ve asked if it would be possible to post a list of those affected on the cemetery website, but if the markers are unidentifiable I’m not sure how possible that would be.
I’m not familiar with the other cemeteries affected, but it’s worth bearing in mind that Hope is huge (more than 160 acres) and the best estimate I have is that more than 100,000 people are buried at the cemetery.
In other general cemetery news…
The Graveyard Girls will be doing a virtual tour, called “Welcome to the Graveyard”, centered on Sturbridge’s three local cemeteries at the Sturbridge Town Hall, Wednesday, October 19th at 7pm. More info here.
There will be a Civil War Walk sponsored by the Friends of Hope Cemetery on Sunday November 6: