Hillcrest Cemetery, Anderson Township, OH
Saturday I had intended to try and find the St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Dayton, however, I ended up visiting a few other cemeteries. I didn’t get a lot of good shots, but I still had a good day.
Today, I give you Hillcrest Cemetery.
From the road, Hillcrest looks like any other cemetery; you can’t tell that it is in such disrepair as they keep the grass mowed that can be seen from the road.
The first thing that struck me when entering the cemetery was the large number of veteran headstones, there were stones there, that I saw, from both World Wars… many, many stones.
The second thing that couldn’t be ignored was the shameful way that the cemetery has been maintained. It was obvious that the grass had not been cut this year, and in some parts of the cemetery, much longer.
There were trees that had fallen over the stones that were mostly obscured by the grass.
It saddened me that the final resting places for these heroes has been so neglected.
Once I got home, I did some research to try and find out the story behind Hillcrest Cemetery.
As it turns out, the ownership of the cemetery is in dispute and has been for many years. In many cases, the township will take ownership, but Anderson Township claims that if they do this it will be financially ruinous.
In appx 2002 the Ohio National Guard did some maintenance at the cemetery, but it looks as though little has been done since.
In my research, I discovered that many Buffalo Soldiers rest here. Soldiers that never saw equal rights in their lifetimes, still being mistreated after their demise.
There has been articles written about the cemetery and the maintenance issues in the past, so I’ve sent some follow up emails to some of the people that were (or could be) involved with getting some help for the forlorn cemetery.
Any ideas would be appreciated my friends, it is a true black eye for our country to allow these conditions to exist.