Sunken Flat Bronze Headstone Repair

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A relatives headstone has sunken in and I am looking for suggestions to raise it and make it look great again. It is a flat bronze marker because he was a Korean War Veteran. It was placed in 1986 and doesn't have a concrete border. I think it may have some sort of anchor underneath it though. Has anyone done this before to offer suggestions?
 

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If there is one, and there should be, ask the Cemetery caretaker what to do with a deteriorating marker.

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If there is a local monument company call them and see what they would charge to go pull it and set it properly. It might be less than you'd think.

I don't mean to be disrespectful, but it's your VFW relative's grave marker. I wouldn't be taking a crowbar to it. but that's just me. I'd probably want to be there when they were performing the work too, but I'm a bit anal when it comes to the grave markers sitting on top of my loved ones.
 

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Appreciate the suggestions. It is a rural cemetery, so it doesn't have any employees. I will call a monument company to visit about it.


You might be surprised.

If the place get's mowed, there is a group that manages it. If they are still planting folks there, someone is opening the graves.

My family is mostly all buried in a small cemetery, in a small Western OK town, and there is a local committee of citizens that look after it. There is a president, a VP etc etc. I've had several relatives that live there that have been various officers for the cemetery committee. They know everything there is to know about that place.

I really hope you get it fixed to your satisfaction. I go a couple times a year to check on my dad & sister's stones to make sure they aren't sinking, or the vases haven't cracked or come loose. I spread a little ant bait around, take a wisk broom to everything and I'll Windex the polished side of the stones. I know they don't care, but it makes me feel better. I get a letter a couple times a year with the financials of the place, and a list of recent burials. One of my dad's vases popped loose a year or so ago, and the guy that mows picked it up and took it to my cousin's house. He kept it for me until I could get out there to get it reattached to the stone.

If the place isn't overgrown and completely wild, they might not have any "employees" but I'd bet there is someone or a committee that looks after the place. You might ask around at the co-op or grocery store if there is one there. A close funeral home would probably know who to contact as well.

Best of luck to you, and bless you for looking after your relative's marker.
 

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You might be surprised.

If the place get's mowed, there is a group that manages it. If they are still planting folks there, someone is opening the graves.

My family is mostly all buried in a small cemetery, in a small Western OK town, and there is a local committee of citizens that look after it. There is a president, a VP etc etc. I've had several relatives that live there that have been various officers for the cemetery committee. They know everything there is to know about that place.

I really hope you get it fixed to your satisfaction. I go a couple times a year to check on my dad & sister's stones to make sure they aren't sinking, or the vases haven't cracked or come loose. I spread a little ant bait around, take a wisk broom to everything and I'll Windex the polished side of the stones. I know they don't care, but it makes me feel better. I get a letter a couple times a year with the financials of the place, and a list of recent burials. One of my dad's vases popped loose a year or so ago, and the guy that mows picked it up and took it to my cousin's house. He kept it for me until I could get out there to get it reattached to the stone.

If the place isn't overgrown and completely wild, they might not have any "employees" but I'd bet there is someone or a committee that looks after the place. You might ask around at the co-op or grocery store if there is one there. A close funeral home would probably know who to contact as well.

Best of luck to you, and bless you for looking after your relative's marker.
👍👍👍 - ^This is very helpful info. A recently-passed friend was involved with a rural Noble County cemetery in this way. He had regular posts on Facebook about workdays and such. All it takes is asking the right person.
 
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