Local Schools Marking the Graves of Forgotten Veterans

A map of Oak Hill Cemetery with veterans graves marked up to World War 1. Courtesy of Maine State Library.

A map of Oak Hill Cemetery with veterans graves marked up to World War 1. Courtesy of Maine State Library.

By Devin Dumont, ’16

This spring, Edward Little High School, Lewiston High School, and Saint Dominic Academy will each be adopting a different cemetery as part of a push to recognize the many veterans that are buried in the Twin Cities.

EL will be adopting Oak Hill Cemetery. Lewiston High will be adopting a cemetery in Lewiston, and St. Dom’s is currently unsure where they will be adopting one yet. The objective of the Adopt a Cemetery project is to find all of the marked and unmarked military veteran graves. The locations, as well as any available history, will be noted on an iPad app for any citizen to see. “The reason for this is just basically a community service project. To help the community out,” says Assistant Principal Jim Horn.

Edward Little’s plan is to have selected teachers and their classes go out and map each veteran in the cemetery using a new GIS mapping system supplied by the City of Auburn. It will then be uploaded onto an app that is planning on being made and then you will be able to view the entire cemetery with all of the graves of the veterans highlighted. The plan is to to allow people to be able to search the names of any veteran in the cemetery and be able to locate the gravestone’s location in the cemetery and be able to view what is said on the front of the tombstone.

EL is hoping to get the project completed sometime this the spring.

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