Oak Hill Cemetery Flag Pole To Be Re-Dedicated
September 13, 2013 — The long-standing flag pole at Oak Hill Cemetery in Hammond will be rededicated Saturday morning at 11 o’clock. Congressman Pete Visclosky will present a flag that has previously flown over the Capitol and State Representative Linda Lawson will also present a flag that has previously flown over the Indiana Statehouse.
The work on the flag pole has been led by the Oak Hill Cemetery Restoration Project. That’s a group of volunteers, cemetery advocates and descendants who are committed to the preservation, appreciation and respect for the history and roots of Oak Hill Cemetery.
North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan took over the management, and later ownership of the long-neglected 22-acre cemetery on Hohman Avenue in 2011, after an investigation by the Times pointed out neglect, headstones taken from graves, unmarked grave sites and general squalor. Trustees’ employees later found human bones in dirt berms on the edge of Oak Hill Cemetery — apparently exhumed accidentally by past cemetery workers when digging new graves. But since then, the cemetery’s been cleaned up and renovated and Kelly Vicari is the new cemetery manager.