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Nearly 200 people honor history of once-troubled Hammond cemetery
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Nearly 200 people honor history of once-troubled Hammond cemetery

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HAMMOND | About 200 people gathered at historic Oak Hill Cemetery Saturday, honoring veterans and historical figures resting in this once troubled burial ground.

North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan's office took over the cemetery, located at the intersection of 165th and Hohman Avenue, three years ago amid a rash of unmarked graves, unkempt conditions and exposed human bones that occurred under the watch of previous private owners and managers.

Since then, the graves and grounds have been largely restored. Saturday's ceremony, spearheaded by cemetery caretaker Kelly Vicari and Oak Hill history enthusiast and volunteer Kara Graper, of Crown Point, celebrated the many veterans and historical figures buried at the cemetery, including dozens of Civil War veterans.

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