Inmates help reset veteran cemetery headstones

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Inmates from the Henryville Correctional Facility are helping the state reset headstones at a southern Indiana cemetery for military veterans.

The inmates plan to help workers at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison realign and raise 803 headstones starting next Tuesday. The headstones weigh around 280 pounds and often sink unevenly over time. Cemetery Superintendent Alan Burnham said Wednesday that the weather often causes headstones to shift and move.

Burnham calls the project an example of two state agencies working well together and that it could save the state thousands of dollars.

The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery operates under the auspices of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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