Unknown Soldier's Grave Marker Restored

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A senseless act that took a piece of history away in Pike County, Ky. has been restored and rededicated.

Back in November a vehicle was used to ram and knock down a historical marker for an unknown Confederate soldier's grave,
The marker near the Breaks Interstate Park near Elkhorn City was then thrown over a hillside.

It was a crime that shocked many in the community.

"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," said Nina Aragon, president of the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Aragon decided something needed to be done so she contacted the Kentucky Highway Department and the Kentucky Historical Society.

"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," said Becky Riddle with the Kentucky Historical Society.

A bank account was set up for donations, and the Elkhorn City Heritage Council wrote a check for the remaining balance.

Folks at the ceremony say it was 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.

One person has been arrested in connection with the vandalism.

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