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.
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.