American Legion Post initiates Hopewell Cemetery veteran identification project
In August 2019, Montgomery residents David and Patricia Buschmann and members of the American Legion NE Post 630 contacted City staff to propose placing flags on all the veteran’s graves in Hopewell Cemetery. Little did they know that it would turn into a full-scale project of performing a complete inventory of all veteran’s grave markers in Hopewell Cemetery.
The Buschmann’s, along with 17 members of Post 630 and three civilians, dedicated over 152 hours and several weekends to canvass the cemetery and record every veteran marker, veteran name, and the era that each veteran served.
Post 630 was able to identify 371 veterans from the following eras:
- 12 in World War II
- 15 in the Korean War
- 82 in the Vietnam War
- 4 in the Cold War
- 6 in the Lebanon/Grenada Conflicts
- 1 in the Panama War
- 20 in the Gulf Wars on Terrorism
To complete their mission, 37 volunteers, including members of Post 630, members of Girl Scout Troop 44282 of Madeira, and civilian volunteers, placed flags at the site of each veteran grave in time for Veterans Day on November 11. The volunteers then returned the following weekend to remove all flags to use again in subsequent years.
Post 630 consists of residents from Montgomery, Blue Ash, Madeira, Sycamore Township, Deer Park, Loveland, West Chester, and other local areas.
The City wishes to thank all the volunteers who selflessly spent many hours seeing this project to completion and for their commitment to honoring those veterans, both past and present. We thank all veterans for their dedication and service.
The American Legion NE Post 630 was honored at the November 20 Council Meeting for their efforts on the Hopewell Cemetery Veteran Identification Project.