“It’s a way of saying thank you to all veterans, because in our opinion, anybody that has donned the uniform, that means they were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the country,” he said. “In our opinion they’re heroes. All of them.”
He added that the group, which has been in existence for 65 years, wants to make sure any veteran in the area has the opportunity to have full military honors.
“They deserve it,” he said.
The cemetery association has an annual celebration at the site on Veterans Day, and this year the group also celebrated Hillcrest Cemetery being recognized as Clark County’s first historic cemetery in Clark County, which will be listed in Indiana’s Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Curtis Wells, with the Utica Preservation Association, said the effort to gain the designation began about a year ago. A marker noting the designation will be placed at the bottom of the hill leading into the cemetery.
“This is a place where we can all come ...to learn about our history,” he said.