Thanks to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the historic cemetery was able to mark the graves of Reuben Mather and William Hayes with authentic style headstones.
“It was important to us because we didn’t want these two veterans’ record of service and their memory to be forgotten. They served during a very difficult time in the nation’s history and we thought that should be commemorated and remembered,” said Jim Hofman, Board Trustee of the Wheatland Township Cemetery.
Both served during the 1860s. Previously, Hayes was buried in an unmarked grave, while Mather’s resting place was marked by a damaged and illegible headstone.
Made of granite, the two are exact replicas of headstones found at Civil War battlefields and were provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs at no cost.
The two men are among over three-dozen veterans buried at the 180-year-old cemetery.
Naperville News 17’s Eric Duthie reports.
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