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Published: 5/18/2014


The Unmarked Graves

Photos of the 7th Annual Veteran's Memorial Program on Saturday, May 17, 2014, in the former Toledo State Hospital Cemetery behind Bowsher High School in South Toledo. Now the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, the former State Hospital buried 906 people in the cemetery between 1888 and 1922. Many of the graves are unmarked or sunken, with only 206 identified. Put on by the Toledo State Hospital Cemetery Reclamation Project, the event included local military speakers, guest speaker Dr. Mychail Scheramic, CEO of the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, and the formal presentation of a bench and memorial by Eagle Scout Ian Vogt, 17.

US Navel Sea Cadets stand together during the 7th Annual Veteran's Memorial Program in the former Toledo State Hospital Cemetery behind Bowsher High School in South Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo US Navel Sea Cadets stand together during the 7th Annual Veteran's Memorial Program in the former Toledo State Hospital Cemetery ...
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Conner Geithmann, 11, center, holds an American Flag with his fellow Boy Scouts from Troop 200. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Conner Geithmann, 11, center, holds an American Flag with his fellow Boy Scouts from Troop 200.
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Guest speaker Dr. Mychail Scheramic, CEO of the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, center, addressed a crowd of several dozen people. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Guest speaker Dr. Mychail Scheramic, CEO of the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, center, addressed a crowd of several dozen people....
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Several dozen people turned out Saturday for the 7th Annual Veteran's Memorial Program in the former Toledo State Hospital Cemetery. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Several dozen people turned out Saturday for the 7th Annual Veteran's Memorial Program in the former Toledo State Hospital Cemetery....
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Lt. Comdr. Vidal Valentin, center, addressed the crowd. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Lt. Comdr. Vidal Valentin, center, addressed the crowd.
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Walking past the honor guard, South Toledo resident and Civil War re-enactor Joseph Dowd, 15, center left, escorts his mother Kathy Dowd, right, to lay Lilac flowers on the graves of veterans. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Walking past the honor guard, South Toledo resident and Civil War re-enactor Joseph Dowd, 15, center left, escorts his ...
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Kathy Dowd lays Lilac flowers on the graves of veterans as her son, Joseph Dowd, 15, stands in salute. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Kathy Dowd lays Lilac flowers on the graves of veterans as her son, Joseph Dowd, 15, stands in salute.
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Troop 200 member Ian Vogt, 17, right, shares a few words about his Eagle Scout project, a bench and memorial. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Troop 200 member Ian Vogt, 17, right, shares a few words about his Eagle Scout project, a bench and memorial.
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State Line Community Church Pastor Garry Hulisz, right, preforms Enlarge | Buy This Photo State Line Community Church Pastor Garry Hulisz, right, preforms "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" with the help of his ...
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Vietnam veteran Hank Wetzel, 65, center. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Vietnam veteran Hank Wetzel, 65, center.
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The uncovered and marked graves were open for visitors to pay their respects. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The uncovered and marked graves were open for visitors to pay their respects.
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Guest speaker Dr. Mychail Scheramic, CEO of the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, right. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Guest speaker Dr. Mychail Scheramic, CEO of the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, right.
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John Feeley, 65, right, and his fellow Marine Corps League members ready themselves before firing together. Enlarge | Buy This Photo John Feeley, 65, right, and his fellow Marine Corps League members ready themselves before firing together.
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