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Unknown soldier's grave marker restored

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A senseless act in November took a piece of history away in Pike County. On Saturday, folks gathered in between Elkhorn City and the Virginia state line, at the unknown Confederate soldier's grave, to rededicate the historical marker that had been rammed by a car, knocked down, and tossed over a hillside.

This crime shocked the community as Nina Aragon explains, "I posted it on Facebook and the reaction I got from it was the same way I felt…that this is us, someone has taken away from us."

Aragon, president of the local United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter, decided something needed to be done so she contacted the Kentucky Highway Department and the Kentucky Historical Society.

Becky Riddle, with the Kentucky Historical Society says, "I told her if they could come up with the money we could reorder the marker and within one week I had a check from them."

A bank account was set up and because it is so important to the community numerous donations came in and the Elkhorn City Heritage Council wrote a check for the remaining balance.

Folks at the rededication ceremony say it is truly an honor to get the marker put back up because of the pride and responsibility they take in protecting the resting place of the unknown soldier. "It is something we are very proud of. We have to protect him, we don't know who his family is," explains Aragon.

There are many tales as to who is buried here and what happened to them, but Aragon says what this grave represents is clear, "Bottom line...he is an unknown soldier, he was killed after the Civil War, this is where he is buried, and we have to take care of him."

Tyler Brown was arrested for the vandalism of the unknown soldier's grave.


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