GLADWIN – With Memorial Day quickly approaching, the office of Veteran Affairs for Gladwin County would like to ensure that the memories of departed veterans are honored with grave markers. 

The office provides grave markers for deceased veterans in the form of an aluminum stake that is placed next to the head stone. The marker denotes that the deceased is a veteran and has a holder for a small American flag. 

Veterans Affairs places the markers on veteran’s graves, however according to Veterans Affairs Director Charles Culmer, sometimes the markers become damaged or go missing. This is often due to grounds maintenance or weather. If a marker is missing, Culmer encourages people to come into the Veterans Affairs office to get a replacement.

“I would hate for a loved one of a deceased veteran to visit their grave and the marker not be there,” Culmer said. 

Replacement grave markers are available for free at the Veterans Affairs Office at 555 W. Cedar Ave.