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He says so far 1,000 headstones have been moved

Post by leeshlynch » Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:56 pm

Headstone renovations anger Yukon widow


Associated Press - February 22, 2009 6:35 PM ET

FORT GIBSON, Okla. (AP) - A Yukon woman is complaining after visiting her late husband's grave at Fort Gibson National Cemetery and learning his headstone had been moved.

Loretta Hensley says she was appalled when she saw workers at the cemetery moving headstones. The 67-year-old woman says she believes her husband's grave has been desecrated.

But cemetery director Timothy Spain says he's not sure what all the fuss is about. He says the cemetery is undergoing a $400,000 renovation to realign headstones to meet "national shrine standards." He says so far 1,000 headstones have been moved from the top of the grave to the center of the grave.

He says Hensley's is the first complaint he has received.

Spain says he offered to excavate Hensley's coffin to show the family where the headstone is actually positioned on the grave.

There are more than 60,700 graves in the cemetery.

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