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About Us

“Pillars of Honor” began it’s work in the Summer of 2008 with several individuals who noticed that the condition of our Civil War veteran headstones were rapidly falling into disrepair or were totally illegible and wanted to do something about it. Our time and resources are volunteered.

Online transcriptions of cemetery records are available in some cases, but photographs of the original headstones are seldom seen. It is the purpose of “Pillars of Honor” to restore the dignity of our veterans by assessing their headstones and then working with the Veteran’s Administration to replace those that meet their criteria. It is our goal to assess every cemetery within West Michigan and then throughout the entire State.

As each cemetery is completed, hard copy binders of each township are provided to local libraries, historical societies and township clerk or cemetery sextons. These binders include more information such as history of the cemetery etc.

We placed the photos of the headstones here for your perusal and enjoyment. Not only will you be able to see the original headstone, but if one is replaced you will also be able to see the new one honoring our veteran.

To see what townships we have finished to date, click on the "County-Cemetery" List link in the sidebar. More will be added as they are completed.

To search for a specific name within the townships listed, click on the Name Index search bar.

It’s uniqueness is that photographs have been taken to document the condition of the original headstone at its current state. Descendants will be able to view the original headstone and also be able to have the transcription of the lettering on said stone.

To view photographs, click on the surname index to locate your ancestor. Then follow the links to the township and cemetery where he or she is buried. Yes, many women served the Union Forces during the War of the Rebellion!

Photographs of the original or current headstone for each Civil War veteran buried within each cemetery and township are here for you to see along with the transcription of the engravings on the stone.

To find out how you can help us, please click on the links in the sidebar.

Web Page Design - Linda Haney

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