A cemetery filled with rich Ohio Valley history has fallen into disrepair. 7News spoke exclusively with a man who is doing all he can to try to improve the cemetery.
Steven Miro, a local member of the Brilliant American Legion and a history buff, loves looking at the old headstones in the Union Cemetery in Steubenville, but he’s been discouraged recently by what he has found.
“You look and it seems like nothing’s been done with them, lack of regard and disrespect,” Miro said.
The cemetery is filled with history, including the grave sites of family to President Woodrow Wilson’s, Secretary Stanton’s grave site, who worked under President Lincoln, and the fighting McCooks, a Steubenville family who had 13 men fight in the civil war.
A friend of Steven’s who works for the National Park Service and lives in Gettysburg, chose the Cemetery to do a civil war tour. He couldn’t believe what he found either.
“He came across all of these headstones that are knocked over, he put it on Facebook, and it kind of just snowballed from there,” Miro added.
Steven said he’s called the cemetery and asked about the upkeep. He’s concerned about upturned and cracked headstones, un-kept grass, and American flags laying on the ground.
Some of the gravestones even appear to have been cut by a lawn mower.
“The fighting McCooks are buried maybe 100 yards away and you come out here and the grass is high, and it looks like total chaos,” Miro described.
Coming from a family full of people who have served, Miro said many veterans would be offended to see grave sites of others who have served, so disrespected.
“A little bit of respect, a lot of pride in your job, I mean, it’s sacred really. You’ve got veterans here from the civil war, World War 1, Vietnam, buried here. The least you could do it is treat it as if it was maybe your mom your grandfather whoever fought maybe a veteran of your family, would you want to see it the way it is,” Miro concluded.
Miro said that he has reached out to Senator Lou Gentile’s Office, County commissioners, and the Veterans Services office. They all said they didn’t have any funding or grants to help.