Project to preserve veterans' headstones nears completion


September 1, 2021

Brian Friede, head caretaker at Kuper Cemetery, and Leve Jones, cemetery groundskeeper, pour cement mixture into molds to produce pads to be placed under veterans' headstones at both Kuper and Alice Nash Cemeteries. The 120 pound pads help stabilize the low profile headstones to keep them from sinking and being covered by encroaching soil and grass. Pads for about 180 headstones were made in this manner.

A project to stabilize headstones of veterans buried in Kuper Cemetery (northwest of Chinook) and Alice Nash Cemetery (south Blaine County) will soon be completed. The project involved making and installing concrete pads under the low-profile headstones provided to eligible veterans by the Veterans Administration (VA). Mick Thompson, Cemetery Board Chairman, said about 170 pads were made onsite and installed at the Kuper Cemetery and eight at the Alice Nash Cemetery. The project was directed and financed by the Blaine County Cemetery Board and carried out by employees of the board.


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