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CB Civil War Veteran headstones raised, getting fixed soon

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 19:22:45-05

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) — A project to honor those who served more than 150 years ago. A group of people are raising and restoring headstones of veterans at Fairview Cemetery in Council Bluffs that have been neglected or vandalized.

The Council Bluffs Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and other groups have raised about 40 headstones and are replacing about 10 headstones that are broken around the Kinsman Monument at Fairview. They served in the Civil War almost 150 years ago.

“I just felt that it was important that everybody recognizes that this is their resting place and it needs to be taken care of, and just a big thank you to them," said Lisa Varnes-Rex with Daughters of the American Revolution.

Lisa says there are still probably 30-40 graves that haven't been identified because the headstones are buried or gone.

The D. A. R. plans on replacing and searching for more headstones in April.

They're looking for cash donations, manual labor, or a ground radar to figure out where the headstones are without having to dig too much. If you would like to help visit: