- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

GRAFTON, W.Va. (AP) - A memorial honoring Native Americans who served in the United States Armed Forces has been installed at the West Virginia National Cemetery.

WBOY-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1RkIFIT) that the memorial has been 87-year-old Barbara Crandell’s mission for the past ten months. At Saturday’s unveiling, Crandell placed flags for her family members, including her husband, who served in the military.

The memorial stands near the Blue Star Memorial in the cemetery.

Mark Routier helped Crandell, who he calls “grandmother,” in her efforts with the memorial. Routier says it’s important to keep the history of Native Americans alive.

Crandell, a West Virginia native, now lives in Ohio and also had a memorial placed in the Dayton National Cemetery.

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Information from: WBOY-TV, https://www.wboy.com

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