Morton Teacher Works with Volunteers to Put Flags on Veteran Graves

christopher powers, donna dunn, scott rakos
Morton HS history teacher Christopher Powers arranged for placement of flags for memorial day.

Morton High School history teacher Christopher Powers purchased all the flags with his own funds, and says the group honored about 30 veteran graves with them.

May 21, 2018-Christopher Powers, a history teacher at Morton High School noticed that there are many veteran graves inside Hess Memorial Cemetery, yet they never have had flags on them for Memorial Day. This year, he decided to do something about it.

Morton teacher Christopher Powers

Posting in a Hammond group on social media, Chris put out the call for volunteers to help decorate these veteran’s graves. Three fellow Hammond residents showed up to help him. Scott Rakos, Councilman for Hammond’s 6th District, which includes the Hessville neighborhood, came. Hammond natives Donna Dunn and Wendy Ostrander came out to participate in the flag placement too. Ms. Dunn is also running for Indiana State Rep District 1 but says that is not what inspired her to help. “As a veteran, I couldn’t let this go.”

Mr. Powers purchased all the flags with his own funds, and says the group honored about 30 veteran graves with them. Online information about Hess Memorial Cemetery is sparse. The only existing directory lists 23 veteran graves; however, the group found more when they arrived. Because of this, Powers plans to take on a project to properly document the graves and update the online database.


  1. I know froom 2008-2010 Hessville Post 232, American Legion did that. I am not sure what happened after I became less active in the post.

  2. This is a great article about supporting our veterans who have gone before us. Just to read and see such acts of kindness by those who took the time and money to put flags on the graves is a blessing to me and proud to be an American. What a privilege to work with Rokos in the past and I work with Powers now. God Bless You and America.

  3. I came across this story and it touched our hearts. My husband is a Vietnam veteran and he just laid to rest his brother in a Veterans cemetery in Arizona.
    What a compassionate, kind young man to do this! Thank you!

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