[The marker for Union Army veteran Dodson Vandevener in the West Batavia Cemetery had settled badly into the ground. The stone was hoisted from the earth, reset and cleaned as part of the grave marker restoration project by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.]
The new markers, obtained from Veterans Affairs, are just like the old ones: simple white marble with a recessed Union Shield cut into the stone, with the man’s name, regiment and company, and, in some cases, date of death.
To reset each of the markers that had settled, members of the group carefully dug around the stones, lifted them out of the ground with a hoist, poured gravel into the holes and put the marble back in place.
“It feels good knowing the memory of American veterans is preserved and perpetuated,” Reineke said.
Between the two cemeteries, the group placed 10 new markers, reset many more and cleaned as many as 40 of the marble tablets.